The Proof is in the Siding

Winter’s around the corner, and we’re on a race against the clock to get most or all of my siding system installed around the outside of the house. Even though homewrap offers a degree of protection against the elements, I want to get the siding done before the cold sets in. Winter is never a fun time to be working outdoors for an extended period of time.

The system I’ve chosen is called Ecoshel. This smart shingle system is a pre-painted cedar shake material. It comes in real wood sheet panels that are interconnected to speed up the installation process and ensure consistent spacing.

The main reason I ordered this system is actually on the back of the shingle - the shingles have grooves in them so that the system can “breathe” - there’s nothing worse than shingles that trap water behind them. What appeals to me the most about the system is the way that all of the design elements work together - the more beneficial features that a system has to offer, the further up my list it goes.

In the past, I’ve used the ledger board method to install siding systems. The system I’m installing saves time and labor by incorporating a nailing surface onto the top of the sheet panels. This way, I don’t have to worry about filling in nail holes and marring the finish.

These time and labor saving features mean that my siding is going up faster than it would if I were installing a conventional system. Compared to other parts of my project, this part is fairly straightforward. After going through all the effort to use vapor permeable materials in my exterior wall construction, this siding system really is the icing on the cake.

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  • Dave Sweet