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Let the Shingle/Shake siding professionals at Bellwether Home Exteriors help you design and install the best siding products for your homes & budget.

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Bellwether has expertise in all areas of Colorado home construction and exterior remodels, including siding replacement, window replacement, insulation, gutters, paint, and exterior design, and we believe in creating beautiful homes. Our siding experts and in-house design team will craft a home exterior that you love, making your house the place you feel most at-home. Our high standards and commitment to best practices will ensure that, whatever your style-choice, your home will be comfortable, dry, and protected, so you can focus on designing a space that looks and feels like the beautiful home of your dreams.

When it is time to choose your home’s siding, let our design team help you find the best option for your tastes and design goals.

What is siding?

Siding, or wall cladding, is the protective material attached to the exterior walls of a house or other building. Siding materials drive your home’s appearance and style, but siding is also a necessary, functional element of your home’s construction and efficiency. Home siding is a reliable and economical way to beautify and protect your home, with plenty of options to satisfy different tastes and budgets.

When it comes to siding profiles, there are many different options to consider. These various joinery techniques are all secure against environmental elements, and so the method you choose is most dependent on taste and design goals. At Bellwether, whatever siding profile you choose, we adhere to the highest standard of materials and installation practices so that you can focus on a home design that you love.

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What are siding profiles?

Siding profiles refer to the “look” of your home siding, or how it is installed to create your home siding design. There are many different joinery methods that achieve these siding profiles, including lap siding, board and batten siding, shingle or shake siding, cottage or dutch lap siding, nickel gap or ship lap siding, v-groove, and channel rusting siding.

What is shingle or shake siding?

Shingle/shake siding refers to the joinery technique in which smaller boards, typically 6-8 inches wide, are cut and tapered, then fit into an overlapping pattern. Traditionally, shingles were split from wood and shakes were deliberately sawed, each creating a sloping edge so that the small pieces could be patterned together.

This differs from other siding options, such as board and batten, which uses a vertical plank installation, with a small board, a batten, over the seam between those vertical planks; or lap siding, in which planks are laid horizontally across the wall, starting from the bottom and building up, the board below overlapped by the board above. Lap siding can also include cottage or Dutch lap and nickel gap, more commonly known as ship lap.

Shingle/shake siding is a classic, New England-inspired look that brings an established, country home air into a houses’s design. Shingles and shakes are available in a number of shapes and sizes, however some options require hand-cutting and can be cost-prohibitive. If you’re interested in the look of shingle/shake siding but are up against budget concerns, you could use the technique for an accent or design element in a smaller square footage area.

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Do I need to use wood shingles for a shingle/shake look?

Due to the original methods of splitting shingles and sawing shakes, older homes clad with this technique general used wood materials. But given modern technology, there are now more siding options for a shingle/shake look. In fact, our Bellwether experts advise against wood siding for Colorado homes, because it is susceptible to fire dangers and requires immense maintenance. We can offer our homeowners different materials that do not sacrifice design goals.

If you want a shingle/shake look for your home, we recommend James Hardie fiber cement siding because it is resistant to fire, extreme temperatures, moisture damage, and baking sun. James Hardie also offers shake panels, achieving the individual shake look on an easier to install panel piece. When properly installed, these pieces create the staggered shadow lines of individual shingles, creating an organic profile. 

Made from strong, composite elements, fiber cement siding preserves it performance integrity and its beauty. James Hardie fiber cement siding can be infused with any color of your choice, include 19 color choices from the Statement Collection and more than 700 curated color options in the James Hardie Dream Collection, or even choose from natural stain options so that your shingles can breathe.

The Bellwether in-house design team can work with you to find the siding profile, siding material, and beautiful color that meets your style goals for the home of your dreams.

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Our team is proud to serve our homeowners on the Front range of Colorado. We know the unique needs of our clients and deeply care about the look and durability of your home’s exterior. Our team of experts are here to guide you through the process of repairing or replacing your home’s siding and windows.

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We understand that the idea of remodeling your home can be exciting but can also feel overwhelming. We designed a simple process to make exterior remodeling easy & fun.

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Unique to Bellwether, we offer a pre construction meeting where we provide a clear and detailed scope before we begin building.

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It's not over until you say so. We value your satisfaction with our product above all else. We offer final walkthrough to guarantee you are pleased.

Still Not Convinced?

More Reasons to Partner With Bellwether Exterior Designs & Renovation Experts

Our team is proud to serve our homeowners on the Front range of Colorado. We know the unique needs of our clients and deeply care about the look and durability of your home’s exterior. Our team of experts are here to guide you through the process of repairing or replacing your home’s siding and windows.

30 - year Product Warranty | 15 - year Finish Warranty

Exellent Service & Support Throughout Project Lifecycle

Personalized Exterior Design Service

3D & HD Renderings of Your Home

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Frequently Asked Questions

Both shingle siding and shake siding refer to a siding style in which smaller boards, typically 6-8 inches wide, are cut and tapered, then fit into an overlapping pattern. Traditionally, shingles were split from wood and shakes were deliberately sawed, each creating a sloping edge so that the small pieces could be patterned together.

Shingle/shake siding is reminiscent of New England-style and coastal homes, but it can definitely be spotted throughout Colorado. Because shingle/shake siding requires a lot of material to cover large areas, some homeowners choose to use this style option in a smaller area as an accent. 

A traditional shingle/shake house is designed with wood siding, but this style option can be achieved with any material. If you want a shingle/shake look for your home, we recommend James Hardie fiber cement siding because it is resistant to fire, extreme temperatures, moisture damage, and baking sun. James Hardie also offers shake panels, achieving the individual shake look on an easier to install panel piece. When properly installed, these pieces create the staggered shadow lines of individual shingles, creating an organic profile.

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