Cedar shake siding for rustic beauty and weatherproof durability

For commercial and residential siding, there are few options as naturally rustic and beautiful as shake siding. Cedar shake siding is made from yellow or red cedar, and can be hand-split or tapersawn, depending on your design preferences. Because wood is a natural insulator, it is able to withstand even the harshest environments.

While shake siding costs can be quite expensive when compared to synthetic imitations, there really is no substitute for the texture, richness or beauty of cedar shake siding. And, when properly installed by a quality siding contractor, shake siding can remain, with occasional maintenance, durable even in the face of harsh storms and winds.

When you’re thinking about a shake siding installation for your home—or commercial facility—here’s what you need to know about finishes, wood siding installation and choosing the right siding contractor:

  • Weather- and fire-resistant finishes
    Especially in St. Louis, your shake siding needs to be able to protect your home against any kind of weather—that’s where weather resistant coatings come in. The Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (CSSB) has several grades for cedar shake siding—premium, number 1, number 2, etc.—based on fire resistance ratings and physical attributes.

Premium and number 1 shake siding is pressure-impregnated with fire retardants—this means that the fire resistance coatings are throughout the shake, rather than just on the surface like a coating. This will prevent the coating from being washed away in the rain over time. And for further protection against rain, most cedar shake siding is coated in water-repellent preservatives (WRPs).Your siding contractor will guide you toward the best cedar shake siding materials for your facility or home.
  • Wood siding installation

    Shake siding installation occurs in courses—or rows—which are overlapped to ensure your cedar shake siding is watertight. Humidity on the day of wood siding installation is also very important—the lower the moisture content, the further apart you should lay each shake, as the shakes will likely expand on higher moisture days. This small measure should be taken seriously, as placing shake siding too closely together can cause bucking and laying it too far apart can create major gaps, compromising the waterproof capabilities of the system.Properly laid shake siding should not only be weather- temperature- and wind-proof, it should also provide excellent sound absorption, which is essential for any home or facility.
  • Preventative and storm maintenance plan
Preventative maintenance is paramount to the success of your shake siding system. Though wood is naturally weatherproof and strong, it needs to be coated periodically to ensure its continued beauty and water repellence.

When you’re thinking about installing or replacing your siding, be sure to schedule a consultation with Wildwood Roofing & Construction. We’re St. Louis’ experts on roofing and siding. We have the care and precision to replace siding on homes, and the bandwidth and diligence to take on large-scale commercial projects. Home- and facility-owners around St. Louis trust us to protect their assets.

Here’s why.



We’re passionate about what we do. We live for the feeling of seeing a job well done. This means using knowing the proper siding installation techniques better than anyone else. It means being up-to-date on fire safety codes, St. Louis City and County building codes and international standards. Our goal is to deliver siding solutions that meet your facility or home’s needs. And we do it seamlessly.

We operate by a higher standard. Other guys? They want to get the job done. We want to get it done right—on time and on budget. When we give you a quote for your shake siding, we’ll stick to it. Same with the timeline. We want the finished product to be something we’re proud of and you’re happy with. Maybe that’s why we’re proud of every commercial and residential siding project we’ve ever completed.

So schedule a risk-free siding consultation and learn what sets us apart.

Drop us a line to tell us your project goals. We’ll tell you how we can exceed them.