What kind of siding looks like cedar but isn’t wood?
October 16, 2021 9:16 PM   Subscribe

I need to choose siding for a family home. For reasons, the majority will be vinyl (deep bronze). The entry way and fascia will be a cedar colored/textured vinyl. Instead of faux stone or brick, we would like to have a cedar-look material around the foundation and about 2 feet up. Any suggestions for what would work there? I haven’t seen anything like that before. Thanks for any ideas!!!
posted by Kalatraz to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
concrete roofing tiles might be available with the look you want, but I'm not sure about using them in that application
posted by kindall at 9:59 PM on October 16, 2021

Kendal has it. There's a type of tile that is hung on vertical surfaces, some have a lapped effect, some look like brick. I have pics I can put up tomorrow. Common in England.

search G images for: vertical hung tiles. Will show how it works. Clay tiles look better, and age better.
posted by unearthed at 12:31 AM on October 17, 2021

It will not look right. Vinyl which emulates cedar shingles looks ok because it's at least in the right place. But cedar shingles/clapboards would never be so close to the ground like that and so it looks wrong even if lay people cannot explain why.

Perhaps board-formed concrete (or similarly-stamped stucco) with a color coat would meet your desire while remaining true to the materials?

But also I think a picture would help. If you can't find many examples, there's probably a good reason for it. Or if you can, it should lead you to what you seek.
posted by flimflam at 1:56 AM on October 17, 2021 [1 favorite]

Maybe board formed concrete?
posted by gusottertrout at 3:41 AM on October 17, 2021

Hardieplank also has shakes, which might be more like what you're thinking of.
posted by adamrice at 7:07 AM on October 17, 2021

KWP has several products that may work, depending on the specific look you're after (scroll down).
posted by aramaic at 9:23 AM on October 17, 2021

Hardieboard is, like most siding, not supposed to be installed within X" of the ground (where X is often 8 or 12) so "around the foundation" is not an warrantied use.
posted by flimflam at 9:58 AM on October 17, 2021

The best material right now is Everlast: https://www.everlastsiding.com/

They have a Cedar-simulating composite. I learned about it from a restorer who complained that a historical society would not let him use it.
posted by metatuesday at 12:18 PM on October 17, 2021

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