Cool Cladding

Beach House Shakes mimic the look of cedar shingles and save on labor and maintenance

Each panel of Tando’s Beach House Shake polymer siding covers almost 5 square feet but requires just seven fasteners. 

The siding chosen for Boardwalk Builders' Model ReModel East house is Tando’s Beach House Shake, a panelized polymer cladding that is especially well-suited for use along the Delaware coast. The material is impervious to moisture and won’t rot, split, crack, or be damaged by termites, carpenter bees, and other pests. And it looks great. The owners selected Atlantica—a new, light gray color that combined with surface textures grain mimics the look of weathered cedar shingles, but without the unpredictable blotching and staining.

Beach House Shakes have a surface texture that mimics not just the grain pattern of cedar shingles but the saw cuts, even on the butts.

The panels have a number of features that also make them a good choice for installers. Each panel of three courses at 5-inch exposure covers almost 5 square feet, so the there is less handling. And there’s also less nailing because each panel requires only seven nails—five across the top course and one in the end of each of the lower courses, which speeds installation. In fact, although the panels can be fastened with roofing guns, so few fasteners are needed that it’s hardly worth the hassle of setting up the compressor.

Plus, the manufacturer has provided a couple of features that make for foolproof nailing. Not only are nailing tabs provided with slotted perforations and pre-drilled centering holes, the tabs are also molded in such a way as to prevent over-driving, whether nailing by hand or with a nail gun. Both features ensure that expansion occurs evenly across the panel and that over-driven nails don’t pinch and cause buckling. And, an embossed temperature scale in the upper-right corner of each panel takes the guesswork out of determining how far apart to space the panels when installing at different temperature ranges.

Nailing tabs on Beach House Shake panels are molded to prevent over-driving nails, whether nailing by hand or with a roofing nailer. This prevents the fasteners from pinching the panels, which can restrict movement and cause buckling as the panel material expands and contracts.

The nailing tab at the top of each panel contains slots and pre-drilled nailing holes to ensure panels expand and contract uniformly, as well as an embossed alignment gauge that helps to properly space panels depending on the current temperature during installation.

In this installation, color-matched J-molding was used at gables and under soffits. The edges of field panels were concealed behind window and door trim, and “stealth” corner trim from Versatex was used to hide panel edges at corners.

Cut panel edges are covered by trim at windows and doors, and at corner boards, which were rabbeted and installed last.

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