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Wood Shake Siding Cost & Materials Guide

The classic look of wood shake siding adds unmistakable style to many residences across North America. The residential adornment is particularly popular in New England where it is seen commonly on seaside cottages and traditional waterfront homes. Even if one does not live along the Atlantic Coast, wood shake siding is a quality siding choice with certain distinct features and benefits. This guide covers some specifics about the costs associated with wood shake siding, the type of wood chosen, and the advantages and disadvantages of having this type of siding installed on new construction homes or as renovation projects.

The Costs

  • The minimum cost per square foot for wood shake siding is $5.

  • The maximum cost per square foot for wood shake siding is $7.

The primary factors that affect the cost of wood shake siding are the quality of materials used, the desired style of the siding, the protective finishes and installation labor rates. The types of wood used for wood shake siding are red or yellow cedar and redwood. The cedar shake siding generally costs more than other types of wood, and prices are based on the wood's grade.

To protect one's investment, it is important to apply finishing products to the wood shake siding. The finishing products are used on the wood initially and periodically for maintenance purposes. These finishes help repel ultraviolet (UV) rays and water that causes wood siding to rot and wear out more quickly. A particular finish that helps preserve wood siding from UV degradation costs just under $90 at the local hardware store.

Professional installation is an important factor that affects wood shake siding costs. Wood siding that is properly installed and finished ages gracefully and wears well for years of lasting beauty. When the wood shake siding is improperly installed, buckling and gaps can appear after only a few years of exposure to the elements. Hidden costs of a wood shake siding installation appear when installers must remove old siding or conduct extra tasks to finish siding installation projects. Investing in reputable siding installers may cost more initially but save homeowners money in the long-term.


The wooden shakes that are made from these wood types are graded based upon the number of flaws, grain angle, and heartwood and sapwood content. The highest grade that includes the least flaws, a vertical grain and the most heartwood costs the most. Besides the wood and finishing products, most wood shake siding projects require corrosion-resistant fasteners as well as underlay materials used for renovations on brick or stucco homes.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Wood Shake Siding

With proper care, wood shake siding can last for a very long time and boost home value. An investment in the replacement of a house's siding is often said to be one of the most beneficial of all home investments. A home's siding is usually the first feature a potential buyer notices, which is why when properly installed, genuine wood shake siding usually commands higher selling prices.

The distinct disadvantages of having wood shake siding installed instead of some other type of covering is the initial expense, cost and effort of maintenance. For example, real wood shake siding costs more than the molded vinyl siding that is made to look like wood shake siding. The vinyl siding also is relatively maintenance free with the exception of some periodic power washing. However, finishes must be applied to real wood shake siding to help deter degradation from outdoor weather and pests.


While most homeowners must consider how their home renovation projects fit with the rest of the home styles within their neighborhoods, those who choose the timeless look of wood shake siding can hardly go wrong. Although the look of real wood shake siding is slightly more expensive than some other siding options, people who prefer that their homes blend with their surrounding natural environments are willing to make the investment.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2015

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