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Why Tando Stone Siding and Tando Shake Siding?

Why Tando Stone Siding and Tando Shake Siding?
By Katie Z.
February 17, 2022

Tando siding is a low-maintenance exterior cladding made from high-quality polypropylene composite that was designed for both professionals and do-it-yourselfers. It provides the natural beauty of real cedar shake or stone siding without the costly upkeep. Tando Stone siding and Tando Shake siding will completely transform a home's exterior while instantly increasing its curb appeal. Both complement a wide range of exterior siding types—including fiber cement, vinyl, stucco, brick, and more—for a stunning mixed-material end result. Additionally, Tando Stone siding and Tando Shake siding are impervious to moisture and will stand up to salt spray, storms, humidity, sun, and snow. This means they can be installed from the ground level up to the roofline. Tando offers the broadest range of profiles and colors to match any architecture or style.


Tando Stone Siding

Love the way stone or brick accents the exterior of a home and would love to see it on yours? Achieving that look has never been easier thanks to Tando. Tando Stone siding eliminates the need for bulky, heavy, and costly rocks or boulders by offering a lightweight, composite alternative. Not only does it look authentic, but it's also waterproof and requires virtually no maintenance. Adding Tando Stone siding to your home's exterior surface will make it look like a brand new house and have you wishing you added it sooner. 

TandoStone Stacked Stone in Glacier Bay

Stacked Stone in Glacier Bay


Traditional vs Tando Stone

Traditional stone siding is bulky, heavy, and expensive. Not to mention, installation takes at least two people and is usually not very quick. Tando Stone siding completely eliminates all of that. The stone siding panels are both fast and easy to install with just standard tools and require no mortars or adhesives—and can be done by one person. The unique texture gives the feel and low-gloss look of real stone or stone veneer, while the high-tech composite construction makes it impervious to moisture, allowing for installation from ground level to the roofline in any weather. It's no wonder Tando Stone siding is the #1 brand of composite stone siding!


Stacked Stone

Features large & small stones tightly arranged in a linear pattern with low heights and random lengths. The intricate detail of this profile provides the appearance of a mortar-less, hand-laid, dry-stack set for a contemporary, sharp-edged finish that looks like it was professionally done. 

Tando Stone Siding Stacked Stone in Lewiston Crest

Lewiston Crest

Creek Ledgestone

Emulates the look of various-sized hand-pick stones arranged in a rugged pattern where the horizontal ledge is more defined than the vertical joints. This profile provides the appearance of a rough, dimensional surface with jagged edges that play with natural lights and shadows to show each stone's variation.

Tando Stone siding Creek Ledgestone in Rocky Mountain Clay

Rocky Mountain Clay


Tando Shake Siding

Is a Cape Cod-style home something you've always dreamed of? Tando Shake siding allows that dream to become a reality without having to move out of your current home! With a broad range of wood grain textures—from fine & subtle details to rugged grooves—Tando Shake siding provides the beauty of real wood shake siding but with added durability and workability. Designed with the installer in mind, Tando Shake siding makes it easier than ever to achieve a rustic-coastal aesthetic that will instantly increase curb appeal.

Tando Beach House Shake in Pacifica

Beach House Shake in Pacifica


Traditional vs TandoShake

Traditional shake siding consists of wooden shingles (typically cedar) made from split logs that are nailed together. It requires a lot of upkeep to maintain its look and protection against the elements (i.e. annual oiling, painting, repairing, and replacing). Not only is this a nuisance, but it's also costly (and can even be dangerous). Tando Shake siding is the perfect alternative to traditional wood siding because it provides the beauty of real wood without the regular maintenance of it. Unlike traditional cedar shingles, Tando Shake siding will not discolor over time regardless of exposure to sunlight or moisture—so it stays looking like the day it was installed with little to no upkeep. Additionally, it won't split, crack, rot, or decay, nor will it be damaged by pests or insects. Tando Shake siding is the ultimate in low-maintenance and high-performance.


RoughSawn Cedar Single

The evenly-aligned shingles feature random mill saw marks and a long, subtle grain for a clean, classic look with a 6.5" exposure. The single-course profile minimizes waste during installation (especially around dormers and peaks).

Tando Shake siding RoughSawn Cedar Single in Barn Red

Barn Red

RoughSawn Cedar Dual

The evenly-aligned shingles feature random mill saw marks and a long, subtle grain for a clean, classic look with a 6.5" exposure. The dual-course profile allows greater coverage and quick installation in larger area sidewall applications.

Tando Shake siding RoughSawn Cedar Dual in Classic White

Classic White

Rustic Cedar 9

Features a variable exposure and rich, deep textures that simulate the true hand-crafted appearance of wood shakes. With varying shingle heights & widths, this rugged profile complements a range of materials.

Tando Shake siding Rustic Cedar 9 in Desert Sand

Desert Sand

Hand Split Shake

Features a variable exposure of 8.5" to 9.25" and captures the rugged & rough look of hand-cut cedar shingles with its random grooves, making this profile one of Tando's most popular shakes.

Tando Shake siding Hand Split Shake in Harvest Cedar

Harvest Cedar

Cape Cod Perfection

This 5" exposure, re-squared and rebutted shingle features a cedar texture and clean lines that highlight subtle nuances of saw cuts and grain to perfectly replicate painted cedar shakes.

TandoShake Cape Cod Perfection in Mariner Blue

Mariner Blue

Beach House Shake

Features clean lines and a design that's indistinguishable from fresh or perfectly weathered cedar shingles, this profile gives off true beachy vibes and will never fade from the sun's rays.

Tando Beach House Shake in Sandcastle



Whether you use Tando in conjunction with other materials such as natural wood, fiber cement, stucco, or vinyl—or you use it exclusively—Tando always delivers:

  • Unmatched Realism—Tando meets the consumer's need for low-maintenance exteriors without having to compromise on the natural beauty and realism of authentic cedar and stone.
  • Unlimited Creativity—Tando leverages the installer's creativity and desire to turn ordinary walls into breathtaking mixed-material exteriors.
  • Unequaled Moisture Management—Tando addresses and mitigates concerns around moisture management.


Tando FAQs

What is Tando siding made of?

Tando products are made from a high-quality polypropylene composite that's impervious to moisture.


What is Tando Stone?

TandoStone is a composite siding product that provides the premium look of real stone but without the maintenance and expense. There are two styles of Tando Stone: Stacked Stone and Creek Ledgestone. Both feature a desirable low-gloss look and feel and complement a wide range of other siding materials. TandoStone is water and moisture-resistant and comes in lightweight panels for quick and easy installation.


What is Tando Beach House Shake?

Beach House Shake siding consists of composite panels that are nearly indistinguishable from authentic cedar shakes. It was designed for homeowners who are seeking the coastal charm of cedar without the regular upkeep.


What styles of TandoShake do you sell?

DIY Home Center sells RoughSawn Cedar Single, RoughSawn Cedar Dual, Rustic Cedar 9, and Hand-Split Shake siding.


Can I install Tando panels at ground level?

Yes, Tando siding is water and moisture-resistant so it's able to be installed from ground level up to the roofline. However, take care if using chemicals such as fertilizer, ice melt, and weed spray near the siding, as discoloration may occur.


Are Tando panels UV-protected?

Yes, Tando is made with UV-protection technology that keeps your siding looking as new as the first day it was installed.


How do I clean Tando siding?

One key benefit of using Tando siding is the low maintenance and minimal cleaning it requires. A simple garden hose and soapy water mixture can be used to remove dirt or mildew when necessary.


Can I use a pressure washer on Tando siding?

No, a pressure washer should never be used on Tando products. A garden hose and a soapy water mixture are sufficient in getting most dirt or mildew off the siding.


Can I paint my Tando siding?

Tando siding cannot be painted, which is why each style is offered in a variety of shades and colors to choose from.


Will I need to use house wrap before installing Tando siding?

Yes, house wrap is required underneath Tando siding to act as a water barrier. Trusted brands including Tyvek HomeWrapTyvek DrainVent RainscreenTypar HouseWrap, Typar Drainable Wrap, and Grace Vycor enV-S are great options.


What fasteners should I use to install Tando siding?

Tando products should be installed by hand (no nail guns) with non-corrosive roofing or siding nails. It's important that the nail head is larger than the nail hole on the siding panel. Make sure the nail is long enough to penetrate at least a half-inch into the structure.


Tando siding Creek Ledgestone in Nordic Mist & Beach House Shake in Sandcastle

Tando Stone Creek Ledgestone in Nordic Mist with Beach House Shake in Sandcastle