A hallmark of Queen Anne–style houses built from 1880 to 1910, wood shingles shaped like fish scales often decorated gables and dormers.
The real deal, these vertical-grain western red cedar shingles come in 8-foot-long self-aligning panels. They go up fast, and they come in single, as opposed to multiple, courses, so there's little waste. Panels are unfinished, so homeowners can customize their own paint palette or go with a historic color scheme.
Fishscale Cut Cedar Shingle Panels, about $11.50 per square foot uninstalled; Vintage Woodworks