Vinyl Shake Siding: 5 Best Alternatives to Real Wood

Vinyl Shake SidingIf you love the look of cedar wood shake siding, but want a more budget-friendly and maintenance free alternative, vinyl shake siding is a great option.

Thanks to technological advancements, manufacturers now make vinyl shake siding that closely replicates the look of real wood. At the same time, it is durable, long lasting and requires minimal maintenance.

So much so, that vinyl shake is quickly winning over the hearts of many homeowners and builders, who would typically install wood fiber cement siding, such as James Hardie.

Here is an overview of vinyl shake siding costs as well as 5 brands that make the best products.

You can use our Siding Calculator to quickly estimate the cost of your siding project, using a number of different materials, including vinyl.

Vinyl Shake Siding Costs

Compared to real wood shake or Hardie fiber cement shake, vinyl is a considerably cheaper material. Vinyl shake can cost 30-40% less than cedar shake, and 15-25% cheaper than fiber cement, depending on the brand you choose.

On average, homeowners across the US, spend $3-5/sq.ft. on vinyl shake siding, including materials and installation. Thus, if you have a $2,000 sq.ft. home, you will spend about $6,000-10,000 on installing vinyl shake.

Compared to traditional vinyl siding, vinyl shake is almost double the price. This is primarily because vinyl shake siding is a lot more durable and long lasting. The shakes are much thicker and stronger than planks.

We recommend selecting 0.046” and thicker shake, which is considered premium residential grade. While more expensive, thicker vinyl siding is significantly better quality than standard grade. It is more rigid, will not sag and will be a lot more impact resistant than thinner products. Also, vinyl shake has a stronger, more lasting finish, and will not fade and peel as quickly and noticeably as the cheap vinyl plank products.

If you love the look of shake siding, here is a guide to other siding materials, besides vinyl.

Additional Siding Project Remodel Costs

If you will want to paint your siding, budget about $650-800 for every 1,000 sq.ft.

Removing old siding is rather expensive, so you should make sure to include it in your budget. Depending on the size of your house, removing old siding will cost $1,000-3,000. This includes removing the material, renting a dumpster, and transportation and landfill tipping fees.

Keep in mind, that if you have a two storie home, or there are many architectural details, there will be a significant up-charge on labor. For complex siding projects, contractors may charge as much as 50% more compared to standard, one storie, rectangle or square foot print houses.

The good thing about vinyl siding is that it is very easy to install, and does not require any special equipment or extensive training. Still, you should make sure to hire an experiences siding contractor with good references, to ensure that installation is done according to manufacturer’s requirements and building code regulations.

5 Best Vinyl Shake Products For Your House

Vinyl Shake Siding - CertainTeed

Here is an overview of companies that offer the best quality vinyl shakes, with the most versatile style and color options.

1. Alside

Alside is one of the leading manufacturers of vinyl siding products, as well as a wide range of other building materials, with over 60 years in business. They offer Pelican Bay One Line of Shakes and Scallops specialty products. All shake products are designed by artisan mold makers. They boast uneven patterns that create a truly hand-crafted, rough-sawn look of real cedar shakes. Moreover, they have a Durable polymer construction won’t crack, warp, rot or split, and a lifetime transferable warranty. You will never need to paint these shakes again. Lastly, in independent tests, Pelican Bay One Shakes remained in tact in Category 5 hurricane winds.

You can choose from 3 beautiful profiles:

1. Standard 7 inch Shake (available in 25 standard colors and 5 premium weathered colors)
2. Staggered 10 inch Shake ( available in 25 standard colors. 5 premium weathered colors)
3. 6 inch Scallop Shingle for custom accents (available 25 standard colors. 5 premium weathered colors)

2. CertainTeed

CertainTeed is one of the oldest and largest building products manufacturers in USA. They offer a high quality vinyl shake line, called Northwoods. You can choose between a 7 inch straigh edge shake or a 9 inch staggered edge one. Both are available in 17 beautiful colors. These shakes are very high quality: .050″ thick, premium quality vinyl, Class 1(A) fire rating, and limited Lifetime Warranty. The realistic cedar impression finish is molded from real cedar, and has random patterns, just like real wood.

3. The Foundry

The Foundry is a specialty siding division of a huge building materials corporation Tapco International. These vinyl shakes are designed for more high-end, or luxury homes or condos. They are manufactured from molds made of genuine cedar, creating a warm, authentic texture. All products have a class A fire rating, lifetime warranty, are made from very rigid vinyl, and have very rich colors with a protective coating against fading. The Foundry offers to Shake profiles. First is the Split Shake (most popular). It is available in a 7 inch exposure and an array of 31 beautiful color options. The colors range from natural and rustic tones, to contemporary hues that would look stunning on any architectural style, and can be combined with other siding materials.

Alternatively, you can select the Staggered Shake, for a more rugged, rustic look. This product features irregular butt ends, pronounced grain lines and varied widths. It comes in either 7 or 10 inch exposure, so you can create a truly custom look. Moreover, the Staggered Shake is also available in 31 colors.

4. Novik

Novik is a Canadian company that specializes exclusively in Wood Shake and Stone vinyl siding. Their products are ideal for more upscale homes, as they offer a much more realistic look of cedar wood shake. All Novik shake products are impervious to moisture and rot. They also don’t require any painting, staining or caulking. You can choose from the following products:

1. Rough Sown Shake (available in blended and solid colors)
2. Rough Sown 8 inch Shake (available in natural stain, blended and solid colors)
3. Perfect Shake – straight edge (available in solid colors)
4. Hand-split Shake (available in blended and solid colors)
5. Half-round Shake ((available in solid colors)

5. Mastyc by PlyGem

PlyGem is a huge building products manufacturer, so you have a wide range of shake vinyl products to choose from. Their more budget friendly line is called Passage and offers two products: the 7 and the 9 inch cedar shake. Both are available in either 16 standard exterior colors or 14 premium exterior colors. Alternatively, you can choose their more premium products from their Cedar Discovery line. The profile options include:

1. Half-rounds ( available in 25 colors)
2. Hand-Split Shakes (available in 35 standard and 5 premium colors)
3. 7 inch Double (available in 35 standard and 5 premium colors)
4. 5 inch Triple Shakes (available in 34 standard and 3 premium colors)

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