Tando Common Questions (FAQ)

We've gathered the most commonly asked questions about Tando siding. If your question isn't answered here, you may also contact us with any questions you may have.


What is Tando Beach House Shake?

Tando Beach House Shake siding consists of composite panels that are indistinguishable from authentic cedar shakes. The Beach House Shake was designed for homeowners that want the coastal charm of unstained cedar without the annual maintenance. It requires no regular oiling, repairing, and replacement of damaged cedar shakes.

What is shake siding?

Shake siding consists of many wooden shingles, typically cedar, made from split logs and nailed together. Cedar shake offers a rustic coastal aesthetic but is high maintenance compared to most other siding options. In order to maintain the look and weather protection of shake siding, shakes require annual oiling, painting, repair, and replacement. In order to get the same look without the intense maintenance, many homeowners choose vinyl or composite shake siding. A vinyl and composite shake siding will come in easy-to-install panels and provide a durable color that never needs to be painted.

Cedar Shake Siding vs. TandoShake

Traditional cedar shakes offer the natural beauty of wood. Unfortunately, it comes with costly annual maintenance involving regular oiling, repairing and replacing of weather-damaged shakes. TandoShake composite siding is an alternative to wood shakes that is indistinguishable from real cedar. These siding panels offer a realistic cedar shake look that is more durable, low maintenance, and easy to install.

What is TandoShake?

TandoShake consists of composite siding panels that imitate the look of real cedar shake. It offers the texture and appearance of cedar shakes that homeowners want and come in quick install panels that installers appreciate. TandoShake profile options include RoughSawn Cedar Single, RoughSawn Cedar Dual, Rustic Cedar 9 and Hand Split Shake. Other popular shake styles by Tando include Beach House Shake and Signature Stain. Their broad range of profiles will instantly add curb appeal and meet any architectural style. TandoShake is impervious to moisture, which allows it to be installed at ground level and for roofline applications. It complements a wide range of other exterior products and can be used to provide a stunning mixed material finish.

What types of TandoShake do you carry?

What is Tando Signature Stain Shake?

Tando Signature Stain shake siding is Rustic Cedar 6 Shake composite siding panels stained in semi-transparent natural wood colors. The coloring provides an authentic and natural shake look that accentuates the nuances of the wood grain.


What is TandoStone?

TandoStone is a composite siding product that provides the premium look of real stone without the expense. It has the feel and low-gloss look homeowners desire and come in quick install panels that professionals love. Choose from Stacked Stone or Creek Ledgestone siding styles. TandoStone is impervious to moisture, which allows it to be installed at ground level and in any weather. Use it to complement a wide range of other siding materials including fiber cement, vinyl, stucco, brick, and more.

How to install TandoStone siding:

  1. Calculate the amount of materials needed. Required materials include Tando Stone panels, TandoStone corners, ledge trim, ledge trim corners, j-channels, and starter strips.
  2. Gather required traditional installation tools. Tools may include a hammer, roofing nails, pencil, square, utility knife, chalk line, line level, straight level, snips, tape measure, oscillating cutting tool, drill and saw.
  3. Inspect and prepare the wall surface with home wrap and flashing.
  4. Install Tando universal starter strips.
  5. Determine the TandoStone wall layout by creating a visual guide.
  6. Install the first row of siding panels.
  7. Install the second row siding panels.
  8. Install TandoStone corners.
  9. Install ledge trim & corners.
  10. J-channels should be installed around windows and doors. Install panels around j-channel.
  11. Install panels that transition to an eave or rip cut.

For more detailed information, read included instructions or watch TandoStone installation videos here.

Stone Siding vs. TandoStone

Real stone siding will provide the authentic beauty of rock. The downside is that stone is expensive, heavy and difficult to work with. TandoStone is a composite siding alternative that is indistinguishable from real stone. It can achieve the same premium stone look at a lower cost, lighter weight and in easy to install panels.

What is stone siding?

Stone siding consists of many individual stones attached to each other with mortar to cover an exterior portion of a home or building. Stone is a popular siding option because it provides the premium look used for medieval castles and historic architecture to the modern home. Although harvesting and using real stone can be done, other materials like stone veneer or faux stone siding offer a cheaper and easier method of achieving the same look. A stone veneer siding is created by manufacturing stones with a cement-like mixture that is poured into stone molds. These manufactured stones are then installed with a mortar like real stones would be. The faux stone siding also uses real stone molds but instead creates full realistic rook siding panels that are lightweight and durable. The stone siding panels can then be attached using the traditional siding method of a hammer and nails.

Common Questions

Can I install panels at ground level?

Yes, Tando siding is moisture resistant for ground contact applications. Be careful if using any chemicals, such as garden fertilizer, ice melt, and weed spray near the siding because discoloration can occur.

How do I clean Tando siding?

A key benefit to using Tando products is that they are low maintenance and require very minimal cleanings. A simple soapy water mixture and a garden hose can be used to remove dirt or mildew when needed.

Are these siding panels UV protected?

Yes, Tando is made with UV protection technology that provides long-lasting color.

Can Tando be painted?

No, Tando cannot be painted.

What is Tando siding made of?

All Tando Building Products are made of a high-quality polypropylene composite.

Will I need to use house wrap?

Yes, house wrap will be required underneath Tando siding to act as a water barrier. Trusted house wrap brands including Tyvek DrainVent Rainscreen, Tyvek HomeWrap and Typar HouseWrap (also known as BuildingWrap) are great options.

Can I install Tando siding with a nail gun?

No, Tando is recommended to be installed by hand nailing.

What fasteners should I use?

Tando siding should be installed by hand with non-corrosive roofing or siding nails. It is important that the nail head is larger than the nail hole on the siding panel. Make sure the nail penetrates at least 1/2" into the structure.

Can I use a pressure washer on Tando siding?

No, a pressure washer should never be used to wash Tando products. A garden hose and soapy water mixture should remove any dirt or mildew.

What is Tando?

Tando is a manufacturer of composite exterior cladding and siding products for the professional installer, remodeler, and home builder. Popular Tando brands include TandoStone, TandoShake, Beach House Shake, and Signature Stain siding.