There are several shingle or shingle style products that Rhode Island siding companies can use near the coast. Some have been used for decades, and some are newer and more modern siding products.
Traditionally coastal homes in Rhode Island have white cedar shingles that are left to weather naturally. Other times they are preserved with a solid stain, transparent stain or a bleaching oil. Red cedar shingles, a denser wood, is sometimes used as well. Although this can be an attractive and traditional look, cedar is very expensive compared to other siding options. It can also deteriorate rather quickly due to the sun, salty air, and moisture. Cedar shingles have been installed by siding companies in Rhode Island for decades.
Although homeowners with traditional homes are not generally happy with the look of vinyl, newer products such as vinyl (or polymer) shingles offer a more pleasing appearance. These products are an excellent option near the coast because they are durable and resistant to the coastal elements and are lower maintenance than cedar shingles and other wood products.
Fiber Cement Shingles:
Fiber cement shingles such as Certainteed Shingles, are a good balance of traditional appearance and low maintenance. Although they take longer to install, an experienced siding contractor can finish the project in about the same time as a cedar shingle installation. Fiber cement shingles are resistant to high winds, moisture, termites, ants, woodpeckers, and changes in temperature. There are not many Siding Contractors in Rhode Island that are installing these yet but we at United Home Experts have completed several projects in coastal areas like Jamestown RI, Newport RI, Narragansett RI, Wakefield RI, Barrington RI, and many other local Rhode Island towns.
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