Vinyl Shaking Siding Lowes Alternatives
Jeff Guthrie, founder of Phoenix Roofing and Repair is a lead Building Product Advisor on Roofing and Siding materials.
If you like the look of cedar wood shake siding but would prefer a more affordable and maintenance-free alternative, vinyl shake siding is a great choice.
Thanks to advancements in technology, vinyl shake siding is now made by producers and closely resembles real wood in appearance. It is durable, sturdy, and requires little upkeep at the same time.
There are numerous retailers offering vinyl cedar shake siding, and numerous manufacturers produce it. We'll examine Lowe's offers, costs, and product evaluations in this post. In addition, we'll look at a few alternatives to large box stores.
Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding: What Is It?
To replicate traditional cedar wood shake siding, a synthetic cladding material called vinyl shake siding was developed. It is constructed of a polymer that is extremely durable and can withstand adverse situations and changing weather.
Today's manufacturers provide low-maintenance vinyl shake siding that can last for decades in a variety of colors and textures. Because vinyl shake siding is weather-resistant and doesn't rot, it won't peel or flake. Additionally, vinyl shake siding often costs less than wood shingles.
Lowe's Product Lines
Vinyl cedar shake siding is available from Lowe's and is manufactured by Novik and Georgia-Pacific. Georgia-Pacific offers more color options than Novik.
Novik is made of moisture-resistant vinyl to avoid rotting. It is guaranteed by a manufacturer's warranty and has a "quick fit" function that makes installation simple.
There are far fewer online reviews for the vinyl shake siding options than there are for other types of siding that Lowe's offers. Below is what a few of the Novik shake customers had to say about the product:
"Although it is expensive, we like how it looks and hope it is protective"
"Easy installation but was not the color on the internet. Much lighter gray."
"installed this 5 years ago in northeast Ohio, has chalked and faded so bad the original color is unrecognizable. Painted pvc.....never again!"
"The picture and product color are not even close. Picture shows a dark grey the product is quite a few shades lighter. The top picture is what I pulled out of the box compared to the picture online. Not happy about it at all. Very misleading."
Georgia-Pacific customers reviewed the shake thusly:
"Nice looking siding. The siding was easy to install and looks great. I would recommend ordering extra especially if you are doing a peak section."
"I have used this product in the past (2015 ) on my home. It still looks like new. Very durable, and it has retain its color well. I have made a second purchase to finish off the extension of my home, and I look forward to completing my project."
"This siding is a decent product that installs easy enough but there is one issue I have with it, although some people may not care. When you butt up 2 pieces at the appropriate temp line, the piece on the right(as looking at it) has the lower left corner sticking out about a 1/4" or so. This happened on ever joint but thankfully I didn't have a large area to install it on and only one is actually visible due to the shutters. I'm sure if you weren't looking for it you'd never see it but since I spent a fair amount of time making sure things were right on the money. I'm a little disappointed in this one flaw."
"I loved the look, bought red, turned chalkey looking after just a few years and continued turning chalkey white more and more over the years. We wanted to turn in claim after 2 yes. But, us being elderly, we could not take off house to send in shingles. We are on Social Security and could not spend money on taking apart. Very Disappointed!!!"
Typically, the Novik brand of vinyl cedar shake siding at Lowe's costs $3.55 per square foot. The choices from Georgia-Pacific are more costly at roughly $7 per square foot.
Alternatives to Lowe's
There are a number of options accessible to you if you decide to go elsewhere for your vinyl shake siding — including purchasing the goods from Amazon. Here are three well-liked options to think about:
Home Depot sells vinyl cedar shake siding in a selection of (mainly) neutral hues. They carry brands called Ply Gem and Novik. The price of materials at Home Depot ranges from $3.37 to $4.32 per square foot; however, installation fees are not included in this amount.
Novik is made of moisture-resistant vinyl to avoid rotting. It is guaranteed by a manufacturer's warranty and has a "quick fit" function that makes installation simple. With the appearance of rough-sawn cedar but without the same level of upkeep, Ply Gem delivers superior vinyl cedar shake siding. Customers like the manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty.
With CertainTeed's vinyl cedar shaking, which features their proprietary Ageless Cedar design, you may select an "aged" appearance that retains its charm year after year. If you want shingles that look newly cut or like they were carved from driftwood, CertainTeed has the right design for you.
Depending on the features you choose, the cost of CertainTeed shake siding will range from $4.50 to $9.00 per square foot.
Due to its wide variety of specialty colors and distinctive designs, Foundry is recognized for its versatility. They provide 40 standard hues, and for a more authentic and natural look, their vinyl molds are constructed from real cedar planks.
The cost of Foundry vinyl cedar shake varies slightly depending on where you purchase it, but you should plan to pay between $6 and $7 per square foot.
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