Composite shakes deliver the look of real cedar without the maintenance

March 17, 2016

Cedar shake has long been a favored exterior finish, but it has a reputation for being high maintenance. Now there are ways to get the look of cedar without the upkeep.

The TapCo Group has launched Grayne Engineered Shake & Shingle as a natural cedar replacement for the hardboard market. It incorporates the luxurious detail of cedar shingles, delivering the warmth and ambience of real cedar, without the costly maintenance.

At the 2016 International Builders' Show, Marcus Ward, Northwest Territory Manager at The Tapco Group, reviewed some of the advantages of the composite cedar replacement.

An engineered composite, Grayne features a high-performance weather-resistant cap, which resists moisture absorption. Unlike cedar shingles, it will never cup, curl, crack or split and never needs painting, Ward said. It can also easily replace or complement fiber cement or engineered wood siding.

The 5-inch plain sawn shingle’s sharply defined edges and grain patterns create realistic depth and shadows. As natural cedar ages, the light, thicker grain and dark, thinner grain have distinct color differences.

To deliver this authentic multi hued, aged cedar appearance, Grayne utilizes a proprietary coating process.

Ward noted that another benefit of this process is that Grayne’s unique palette, available in 6 popular colors, bypasses the 3 to 5 year natural cedar weathering process to deliver the perfect aged color from the day it’s installed. In addition, its grain texture is visible from every angle. The deep keyways create pronounced shadows, which make a bold statement up close and from the curb.

Extremely durable, Grayne holds a Class 1A Fire Rating, exceeds the 170MPH wind load rating and is certified by Florida Building Code and Texas Department of Insurance.

Read more about high performance home exteriors.

Topics: Exteriors, Home Design & Plans, Remodeling, Siding, Sustainable Products, Thermal Envelope, Trade Show

Companies: The Tapco Group

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