You want a Craftsman Style home to look great but also to be maintenance free. A classic building material used for Craftsman houses (aka Cottage Exteriors) are shingles. Sometimes called shakes, shingles are a wall cladding material that provides a lot of texture and style. Often sold by the panel, shingles are easy to install and come in a variety of materials. If you are looking for a maintenance-free shingle it is best that you look for one made of vinyl or fibre cement. Wood composite shakes are also a maintenance-free option. Cedar shingles are often used too, however they do require annual staining to maintain their look.
Shakes are a great way to break up a span of siding or accent a certain part of your house exterior. Everything Exterior Store in Edmonton carries all types of shakes.