Transform your coastal home with cedar shake siding. Learn how to restore and maintain these classic and long-lasting wood shingles.

Weathered Cedar Shake Siding on Coastal Home with Essex Green Trim.

Cedar Shake Siding

Cedar shake siding is a type of exterior cladding made from wooden shingles or shakes cut from cedar trees. It is a popular choice for homeowners due to its natural beauty, durability, and ability to withstand various weather conditions. Cedar shake siding is both classic and long-lasting, so often seen on coastal homes.

One of the main advantages of cedar shake siding is its aesthetic appeal. The natural grain and texture of cedar wood give it a warm and inviting look that can enhance the overall appearance of a home. Cedar shakes also come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, allowing homeowners to choose the style that best suits their architectural preferences.

However, there are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing cedar shake siding. Firstly, cedar shakes require regular maintenance, including cleaning, staining, and sealing, to prevent moisture penetration and maintain their appearance. Without proper care, cedar shakes can warp, split, or become discolored over time.

Coastal Maine Aged Home Cedar Shake Siding

Which is what happened at our home here in Coastal Maine. Below is how the cedar shake siding looked when we inherited the home in the fall of 2019 after almost 30 years of weathering. Looking back today, I can’t get over the transformation, truly!

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Weathered Cedar Shake Siding Repair

Our goal was to restore the cedar shake siding back to a more golden color with hints of the weathered gray and remove all the mold and mildew that had gathered over the years.

How to Clean Cedar Shake Siding

We tried several solutions and settled on Redihan’s Cedar Wash Wood Cleaner. It’s eco-safe and organic. Each house and shake shingle weathers differently; therefore, it is important to test out what works best on your own cedar shake siding.

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One 3-pound Cedar Wash Wood Cleaner container covers about 1200 square feet at about $24 a container. We used about 4 containers for our two-story Cape.

Mix the powder with water in a large spray container per the directions on the bottle and spray it onto the house. Wait 15 – 20 minutes, and use a handled brush to scrub the cedar shingle siding gently, as you don’t want to crack or break the shakes.

Next, you’ll want to hose down the shakes, washing everything off. The gray, dirt, and mildew just poured off our house. It was not a difficult process, and the outcome was so well worth the effort it took!

Redihans Cedar Wash Wood Cleaner.

Here, you may see how we brushed down our cedar shake siding after spraying the home with the Cedar Wash Wood Cleaner.

And hosing down the cedar shake siding after spraying the siding to remove the dirt, mildew, and gray

Here is how the wood siding appeared just after cleaning the shakes. What a difference!

Cedar Shake Home at front door with Bernese Mountain Dog

Unfortunately, the bottom shakes on the home were rotted and will need to be replaced.

Water Sealing & Staining Cedar Shake Siding

We were not finished just yet, though. Water sealing the siding was something we definitely wanted to do and highly recommend.

So, next, we applied the Super Deck’s Cedar Transparent Stain to the cedar shake siding. It took about 13 gallons to cover the entire home. The stain was sprayed onto the house with a plastic spray container, and then we used a paintbrush to brush over it to ensure there was no running.

Our cedar shakes were very dry, so the cedar shake siding absorbed the solution very quickly. It will definitely vary depending on your own shake’s weathering. We also chose to apply only one coat. You may want to consider two coats.

SuperDeck Transparent cedar shake stain.

Cedar Shake Siding Cleaned & Restored

The golden color now shines prominently and looks so classic.

Check out our Beautiful Essex Green Coastal House Trim.

You may also enjoy the beginning of this Old Family Home Restoration.

Lawn chairs sitting in front of a restored cedar shaking siding home.

The cedar shakes look different in all kinds of light. I captured these photos for this post as best I could on a late afternoon, on a fairly overcast August day.

How We Restored our Aged Cedar Shake Siding

Here, you may see how this cedar shake siding restoration looks two years later during the winter months.

You may also enjoy this year’s COASTAL GRANDMOTHER SUMMER DECOR “IN MY MOTHER’S HOME.”

Restored cedar shake siding home entryway.

Let’s now head to the back of the home. You may see here how the cedar shakes don’t all look the same, but that is ok. It remains a rustic, weathered look, but now with a beautiful golden hew.

Cedar Shakes Home Restoration and Walkway
On a Foggy, Rainy Day in Maine
Cedar shake siding and four windows outside view.

Sun Shade Sail

We also added this dark green and white striped Sun Shade Sail after pricing out numerous awnings to suppress the sun in the sunroom. Awnings are just so expensive and would take weeks, if not months until one arrived and was installed. That’s when we decided on the Sun Shade Sail. Such a simple solution to this problem and less than $100. It’s super easy to install, too. The sunroom in the back of the house would reach temperatures well into the 100s with the afternoon sun hitting it. This has cooled down not only the sunroom but the entire house because of this shade.

Cedar Shakes Home restored in the summertime.

Read more about this shady solution here!

You may also enjoy White & Green Rustic Summer Flower Planters Sure To Charm You post, where you will see more of how this cedar shake siding looks three years later.

White Petunias Centerpiece in Wrought Iron Planter Pot in front of cedar shake siding home.

And How We Designed & Built A Pea Stone Patio in 2 Days post.

How We Designed & Built A Pea Stone Patio in 2 Days
How We Restored our Aged Cedar Shake Siding

The landscaping will be something we will tackle next summer. We did manage to plant a few small boxwoods and a couple of white snowball hydrangeas in the front of the house. I love boxwoods; they stay green all year round and look beautiful next to a blanket of snow in the winter.

How We Restored our Aged Cedar Shake Siding

Visit the blog series “In My Mother’s Maine Home” to see more of the restoration and decor in our Coastal Maine Home.

An evening at home in the backyard 3 years after refinishing the cedar shakes siding.

Cedar Shake Home and Backyard Table Setting

Join me for a Cozy Snow Day at Home in Maine here.

Cedar Shake Siding home in coastal Maine with a blanket of snow and USA Flag.

I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Coastal Maine.

Be sure also to check out our Home in Vermont, where we spend winters enjoying the coziness of home in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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15 Comments

  1. You mentioned the lower shakes needed to be replaced. How did you do that and did the new ones look weird against the old shingles?
    I have the similar problem (the lower cedar trim and ~2 layers of shingles are rotting or too far gone and need replacing) and I am considering replacing these lower layers with stone instead….just not sure how it will work. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    1. I have yet to replace them Gena and I understand it’s not easy. It hasn’t been a huge priority for us just yet, but we will need to tackle this soon, maybe this summer. I’ll keep it updated here on the blog as we go, I hope you’ll keep joining me and let me know what you decide to do as well. Happy New Year!

  2. You have a great article about your awesome cedar shake restoration project. I’m in the same boat and wanted to test out some different solutions for my own house. We tried several solutions and settled on Redihan’s Cedar Wash Wood Cleaner. It’s eco-safe and organic.

    1. Thank you kindly and I’m glad you liked it as much as we did!

  3. Thank you for giving us a direct and straight to the point answer! It greatly helped in clearing our confusion.

  4. We live in Maine and are going to try to use this technique on our camp. I love the green color on your trim. I have tried 2 different colors and they are not what wanted. Do you know the name and brand of your green trim?

  5. Jenny Bellamy says:

    Beautiful! What a difference blood, sweat and tears together with a big dollop of elbow grease and a whole lot of love has gone into this amazing transformation. Can I please come and live with you

    1. Thank you so much, Jenny! My husband will love hearing this. It was definitely all well worth it, a labor of Love.

  6. I had never known that these roofs can be restored, so I’ll keep them in mind. Thank you for all your helpful information about caring for cedar shingles and applying them properly.

    1. It wasn’t the roof that we restored, but the cedar siding as an FYI. I’m so glad you liked it though! Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Margaret Bunce says:

        What manufacturer/color roof do you have? I need to replace my roof and am struggling with choosing a manufacturer and color! We have the same exterior as yours, which looks beautiful, BTW! Great job!

        1. We used to have cedar shakes on the roof, but my dad replaced it about 10 years ago with asphalt shingles. I don’t know the exact color but they are like a gray to light black. I hope this helps… I have no idea about the manufacturer, unfortunately.

  7. Thank you. Love the home. Looking for information as we have a cedar shake home and it requires some attention. We are in Ontario,Canada,and the cedar shakes have been stained twice since the build in 1971. We would like to stain dark this time around. Any information, knowledge or useful tips would be greatly appreciated. Again thank you for the blog and info.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Alison. Everything I know I put into this blog post. We didn’t have any stain on our shakes to strip, just the weather from over the years. Best of luck to you my friend!