Wood Shingle VS. Fiber Cement Shingle Siding—No Contest for Colorado Homes

Wood shingle siding is classic for Colorado mountain homes, rustic, earthy and quite beautiful. If you’ve considered shingle siding but shied away from it because of some of the negative aspects, you may want to take another look.

Wood Siding vs. Fiber Cement Siding for Denver Properties

It used to be that most shingle siding was sourced from cedar, which looks beautiful but doesn’t stand up to the elements very well, particularly in parts of the state with the harsher climates. Cedar shingles blow off in heavy winds, split, warp, rot, dry out and are susceptible to termites and woodpeckers. Not to mention the number of trees that need to be cut down to provide them, and the fact that many parts of Colorado are subject to wildfires, and cedar is wood. No protection there. So as lovely as it is, traditional wood shingles have a lot of strikes against them.

Once, there really wasn’t a better option, so Colorado homeowners accepted the drawbacks. After all, something had to cover, protect, and insulate the exterior of the house. But today, we at Colorado Siding believe there’s a much better option for those of you who love that classic shingle look.

Now you can have the look shingles and the durability of the most modern, technologically advanced siding in one with James Hardie shingles. This is a fiber cement siding product, offering with simulated wood grains that mimic the natural look of wood siding. Hardie Shingle Siding offers various colors of fiber cement siding that are engineered to appear very close to visual appearance natural wood siding, and are protected by a thirty-year limited warranty. What wood siding or shingles do you know of that will barely need any maintenance for thirty years?


HardieShingle also has a high tech feature known as Engineered for Climate® which helps their siding better withstand a home’s particular weather challenges. Very important here in Colorado, with our heavy snows, gale-force gusts, hail storms, and omnipresent sunshine beating away at your home’s siding.

This fantastic product will give your home the look you love, minus the rotting, splitting, drying out, and attractiveness to pests that you don’t love.

(If you live in one of the harsher parts of Colorado, talk to us about adding HardieWrap weather barrier beneath the shingle siding, to offer another layer of protection and insulation.)

Another fantastic cedar shingle alternative is CertainTeed Cedar Impressions Shakes. Its special texture makes it a highly realistic yet long-wearing and virtually maintenance-free substitute for real cedar. Save a tree, protect your home with fiber cement shingle siding.

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We think you’ll be amazed by the practicality of fiber cement siding instead of cedar shingles. We think you’ll be very happy with the appearance and performance of it. If you have questions, if you’re not sure which is the best Colorado siding for your home’s needs, why not give us a call for a free consultation? Siding is a major investment, why not let us help you get the perfect product for your home?

Martin Faith is a proud Scotsman, business owner, and home improvement expert. In 2002, after an unfortunate experience with a local contractor and a siding project gone wrong, Martin decided to start his own home improvements company. His goal was to help other homeowners avoid having to suffer through the same experience. He founded Scottish Home Improvements, a customer-focused siding company based in Denver. Martin's small business grew rapidly and today is the largest siding company in the state. With an A+ Rating from the BBB, recognition as a Preferred James Hardie Elite Contractor, and over fifteen years of experience, Scottish Home Improvements is the number one trusted source for residential and commercial siding in Colorado.