When it comes to cedar siding, Denver homeowners generally love that aged and rustic look. We agree. It is traditional, interesting, and there’s just something about it that says Rocky Mountains. Most of the homes in the state still have traditional wood siding, and cedar is an endlessly popular choice. High quality cedar siding, Denver climate notwithstanding, can last for up to thirty years.

What Denver homeowners frequently don’t like, however, is the maintenance that cedar siding requires to keep it looking its best.
Being wood, cedar siding gives a fantastic rustic look to a building, a look that seems to fit this area like nothing else except perhaps an actual log cabin. But when it comes to cedar siding, Denver area residents actually have some choices, and we believe certain types make more sense than others.

Cedar siding, Denver homes: The right combination, or is there something better?

With genuine cedar siding, Denver residents need to know that the Colorado climate can dry out the shingles over the years, causing them to split or crack. Their siding might need fairly frequent repainting, as the Colorado sun tends to bleach out wood over time. Of course, wood is highly flammable in a fire, so that’s another consideration. And it’s highly attractive to pests of the insect and bird variety.

But even with all these drawbacks, cedar siding remains extremely popular. Here at Scottish Home Improvements, we frequently get calls from homeowners who want to know, “Is there any way I can get the look of cedar shingles without all the maintenance involved?”

Our answer is an unqualified “yes!”


There’s a fairly new siding material on the market (well, it’s only been around about twenty-five years or so) called fiber cement. This material has none of the disadvantages of wood:

It doesn’t require cutting down trees,

it’s made of sustainable materials,

it’s non-flammable in a fire,

it’s unattractive to insects and birds,
and it doesn’t dry, split, warp, or rot.

And, for all you cedar shingle lovers, it comes in a style that closely mimics the look of real cedar siding.

The product we are referring to is made by the James Hardie company and it’s called HardieShingle. It looks like cedar but doesn’t act like it. This type of siding, once installed, is virtually maintenance free.

If you are looking for new home siding and would like to discuss the available options, why not give us a call today? If you want cedar siding, Denver or anywhere up and down the Front Range and into the mountains, we’d be happy to offer a free consultation and a competitive bid for the job. Real cedar shingles or Hardieshingle, the choice is always up to you.

Martin Faith is the founder and owner of Scottish Home Improvements. In 2002, Martin became inspired to start his own siding company after he had a negative experience with a local contractor. His goal was to set a new standard for the industry by providing excellent customer service. Today, Scottish Home Improvements is the top Elite Preferred James Hardie contractor in the state of Colorado. Over the years, Martin's company has received numerous awards and recognitions including 12 consecutive gold stars and an A+ Rating from the BBB as well as the James Hardie President's Club Award.