Nothing beats the classic look of stained Eastern White Cedar Shingles. The durability of cedar siding has been proven for over a century. That’s why it’s so well suited for the environments of Cape Cod and the Islands. Left unfinished, cedar weathers to a silvery gray, leaving the home with a natural, rustic look. But some projects call for that New England shingled architecture, but with a specified finish.
Next time you have a project that calls for stained or painted cedar siding, consider using pre-finished Maibec Eastern White Shingles instead of field coating. Every shingle is kiln dried, precision milled and stained to provide long lasting beauty. Pre-stained shingles offer U.V. protection and they are water repellant and mildew resistant. Pre-painted or pre-stained cedar shingles save the labor cost of an on-sight painter. And you avoid costly scheduling delays due to bad weather or seasonal constraints. You’ll never have to worry about overspray, dripping, splattering or clean-up problems. Therefore, the jobsite is neat and the product looks finished immediately. Pre-finished product eliminates the risk of color variation, lap marks, shrink lines, streaking and dirt pick-up. Unlike a field finished shingle, which is only coated on one side, back primed wood resists absorbing moisture that can cause the finish to blister and peel.
A big consideration in using pre-stained or pre-painted shingles is the warranties. You don’t get anything close to this if you field finish! You get a 50 year warranty against wood decay with semi-transparent “spice” series, solid stain, bleaching oil and misty gray finishes. There is a 20-year limited solid stain warranty, including 7 years labor (two-coat applications), a 10-year limited solid stain warranty (one-coat applications), and a 3-year limited “spice series” warranty.