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.

Common Questions

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, and Beach House Shake.

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 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.

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.

Can Tando be painted?

No, Tando cannot be painted.

Are these siding panels UV protected?

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


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.

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.

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 types of TandoStone do you sell?

  • Stacked Stone — Features a dry stack profile without grout lines between stones. The classic elegance and intricate detail of small stones give the appearance of a precision hand-laid, dry-stack set.
  • Creek Ledgestone — Features various sized stones with grout lines between stones. The rugged look of hand-picked stone installed with grout shows the natural variation of each stone.

How do you install TandoStone?

View the installation guides or watch the step-by-step videos on how to install TandoStone.


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.

What is TandoShake?

TandoShake is the original and most iconic shake on the market. It 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 style by Tando is Beach House Shake. 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.

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 types of TandoShake do you sell?

  • RoughSawn Cedar Single — Features random mill saw marks and a long, subtle grain for a clean, classic look with 612” exposure. The single course, 90" long profile minimizes waste around dormers and peaks.
  • RoughSawn Cedar Dual — Features random mill saw marks and long, subtle grain for a clean, classic look with 612” exposure. The dual course profile allows greater coverage and quick installation in larger area side wall installations.
  • Rustic Cedar 9 — Features a 9" variable exposure and rich deep textures that complement a wide range of other siding materials including: fiber cement, vinyl, stucco, stone veneer, and real stone.
  • Hand Split Shake — Captures the rugged and rough look of hand-cut cedar with random grooves and an exposure of 812” to 914”.

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.