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The lap siding is Hardie Plank. http://www.jameshardie.com/homeowner/prodhome/hardiplank.phpThe shake that I used on the gable ends and bump out is Nichiha. http://www.nichiha.com/sierrapremshake.htmThe Nichiha is similar to the Hardie except it is 1/2" thick versus 5/16". This gave it a thicker profile that looked closer to cedar shake. Also, the stainer said the Hardie Shake is very fragile. I was very impressed with the Nichiha.I had them both pre-stained locally with masons select. The stain was designed for the cement siding. http://www.superdeck.com/masonsselect/6700spec.htmMy goal was to have something that looked close to rustic but very low maintenance.