Announcing the 25th Anniversary of Cedar Impressions®

Celebrating the history of CertainTeed’s Premier Shake & Shingle Polymer Siding

This year, we are commemorating the silver anniversary of Cedar Impressions® Polymer Shake and Shingle Siding, one of CertainTeed’s most loved products.

Introduced in 1992, Cedar Impressions® was designed to offer the beauty and charm of real wood shingles without the heavy burden of frequent and expensive maintenance. Since its launch, the Cedar Impressions® product line has undergone many improvements over the course of its life, resulting in appealing, high-quality shingles & shakes that homeowners can enjoy for decades.

As we celebrate this product, let’s take a look at Cedar Impressions® through the years:

1992-2003 ­– The first generation of Cedar Impressions® was launched in 1992 with the Double 7” Perfection Shingle, which was initially produced as a vacuum-formed product. To duplicate the texture of real wood shingles, we created the first injection-molded vertical wood grain product that precisely duplicates the natural wood texture.  

2004-2015 – During these years, we introduced TrueTexture™ to replicate a realistic wood grain look from real wood shingles. PanelThermometer™ was added to the shingles to help contractors install each panel with precision, while hangers and locks were increased to allow for better expansion and contraction. We also added new styles to the lineup, including the Half-Rounds and Rough Split Shakes, as well as several new darker colors and accessories.

2016 – Last year, the third generation of Cedar Impressions® premiered with a number of enhanced features and three dramatically new products:

  • CedarLife™ Color Blends – the industry’s first color-throughout progression of shades that capture the appearance of natural Eastern White Cedar and Western Red Cedar at different stages of life.  This patent-pending technology enables the selection of unique, random color patterns for one-of-a-kind exterior designs and allows time to stand still; assuring that the shades and patterns chosen today will remain fresh and beautiful for a lifetime.
  • Individual 5” Sawmill Shingles – with CedarLife™ Color Blends and TrueTexture™ sawmill finish that replicate the effect of saw blades, molded from actual cedar shingles.  The shingles come in seven (7) widths which allow for random installation and unique one-off designs.
  • Single 7” Straight Edge Perfection Shingles – with CedarLife Color Blends and TrueTexture finish, come in a longer length panel engineered for easy installation with PanelThermometer™ and HammerTapper™. 
  • Triple 5” Straight Edge Sawmill Shingles – Available in 28 solid colors with TrueTexture finish and a patented offset mitered corner design to accurately replicate the craftsmanship of a true shingle corner.

Last year also brought several engineering enhancements, such as HammerTapper™, a continuous nail hem with a built-in tape measure and a nail stop to prevent driving the nails too tight ­– making positioning the panel easier than ever before.

Cedar Impressions® has certainly come a long way from its humble beginnings – growing to a product line of eight styles, six sizes and over 45 colors. The exterior design possibilities are endless!

To further commemorate this milestone, CertainTeed will be celebrating Cedar Impressions’® 25th anniversary all year long with a special blog series, contests and more, so stay tuned!

Visit the entire Cedar Impressions® product line here and feel free to call us at 800-233-8990 or contact your CertainTeed Territory Manager.