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Installation Efficiency

When it comes to installing shake siding, there's a big difference with a product that's smartly built. To achieve a natural cedar look with a low maintenance product, both art and science come into play. American Original represents a significant breakthrough in the science side of the equation. As pioneers in the production of molds and engineering of plastics, we've developed a unique, new injection molding process to create siding product you can get nowhere else -- making American Original truly original.

  • Stronger single-course panels produce a natural appearance, eliminating repeatability and minimizing trim waste.
  • Random patterns and varying gaps hide seams.
  • Uses standard siding accessories with a ¾ inch pocket (such as J-channel, cornerposts, window and door trim).
  • Cut and clip with standard vinyl trim snips.
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SignalSlots® Nail Hem
  • Requires no center nail
  • Installs over nail-based or non-nail-based sheathing
  • Visually guides you with series of progressively wider slots across the top
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Contin-U-Lock®
  • Continuous lock system across the top and side simplifies the job
  • Matching lock system enables seamless transition directly from one style to another (no need for a divider)
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Random Patterns
  • Random patterns and varying gaps hide the seams