Among the “straight and narrow” of siding products, installers can actually find a wide range of materials to choose from. Products offering the look and feel of cedar remain popular, but detailed shake and board profiles and colors widen the scope of the siding. Materials themselves are changing too, and manufacturers are touting durability, workability, and energy efficiency, from resin-based materials to fiber-cement.

Sierra Premium Smooth Boards offer the classic appearance of smooth painted siding in a fiber-cement board. The full ½ -inch-thick boards are factory primed and sealed on six sides, and are available in 7-inch and 8¾ -inch profile sizes. Both profiles come in 10-foot lengths. Also look for Sierra Premium Shake in eight new factory finishes.

Currently available in a 7/16-inch board in four widths, Microposite boards are constructed using a combination of lightweight Perlite “microspheres” and proprietary resins. The resulting material weighs 50% less than fiber-cement, while offering an R-value 3.5 times higher, the maker says. Closed-cell technology makes the siding water resistant. For aesthetic versatility, the boards feature a natural-looking wood grain on one side and are smooth on the other side.

Updates to the line of Cedar-Boards Insulated Siding include an enhanced double 4-inch rough cedar clapboard, and double 4½ -inch rough cedar Dutchlap. The profiles have been updated to align directly with the TrueTexture rough cedar texture and flat-face design of the single 7-inch and double 6-inch-wide CedarBoard styles. The siding is molded from select cedar boards and reinforced with custom-contoured foam backing, increasing the R-value to 5, the maker says.

Nailite. With a 9- to 9½ -inch shingle exposure and deep graining, Cedar Pride EZ offers a realistic staggered split-shake look. EZ Installation takes advantage of locking rails in the siding panels for installation efficiency. Seventeen colors are available to make a design impact in whole-house or accent applications.

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