Wood shingles on the roof of a home gives is that great antique look. And the best part is that you home does not have to be an ancient relic in order to look like it is. Not only can you use wood shingles for the roof, but you can also use them for siding as well. Installing wood shingles will add charm and character to your home.
Wood Shingles are easy to install so it can be a great do it yourself project for the weekends. What is great about wood shingles is that they are also inexpensive, you can be saving money when you install them.
Install wood shingle is just like installing asphalt shingles. It also takes about the same amount of total time to get it done. Before you begin, make sure that you have all the tools necessary for installation within reach. This will help you do be prepared and get the job done faster.
Once you are prepared, begin with the first row of shakes. You will want to let this row hang over the roof at least an inch in order for rain and snow runoff. If you do not do this, you could begin to notice a leaky roof the next time that it rains. Remember that the fat end of the shake will be facing down towards the ground.
When you put the shakes next to each other, you will want to leave a ¼ inch space from each other. This allows the wood to expand and contract with the temperature.
A shake will also expand when it is wet. If these shakes are not installed with enough space to expand, you will find that they are more likely to crack and split over time.
The Next Layer
After you have completed your first row of wood shingles, you will begin installing the second row that will overlap the first. The joints should be staggered so that the joints from the second row do not line up with the first row. This prevents the likelihood of water seeping through the joints and causing a leak.
When you nail the second row onto the first, you will want to put the nail a ¼ inch from the edge and ½ inch above the line where the next row of shingles will overlap. This prevents any nail from showing.
Keeping It Straight
To keep all of your rows straight, you will want to begin snapping chalk lines on the previous row of shingles in order to follow them. The specific manufacturer will give you guidelines as to where this line should lie.
If you find a valley in your roof, you will want to get some galvanized flashing that will prevent water buildup. You will also want to flash all pipes and vent all penetrations in the roof with a rubber fitting.
Getting The Job Done
If you have followed the manufacturer’s guidelines for installing the wood shingles, you will have a new wood shingle roof in no time. If you want to use the shingles for the side of the house, you can follow similar steps in order to have a great new look for your home.