Installing Cedar Roof Shingles

Cedar roof shingles give a rustic finish to any home or roofing projects. Cedar is aesthetically pleasing and resistant to weather and insect attack. You install cedar shingles much as you do traditional shingles. However, you must be careful to align the shingles properly and maintain the optimum distance.

Instructions

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To prevent water leakage, seal any ceiling and around all windows or chimneys in the roof. Cover the entire roof deck with building paper. Check with your local building authority to ensure that you install paper that meets building codes. Install a drip edge and valley flashing around the edges and corners of the ceiling. Secure with corrosion-resistant roofing nails.

Start by adding a starter course of cedar roof shingles, spacing them 1/8 inch apart to allow for expansion. To keep the shingles line and level, tie a string between the two ends of the eaves. Secure the shingles to the roof with rust-resistant roofing nails. For most projects should roofing nails penetrating the roof at least inch.

If you are in a heavy snow region to install a second layer of starter course shingles overlap them at least 1 1/2 inches, and make sure that the seams do not line up directly. Put down the last course of cedar roof shingles directly on top of the runway. Secure them with roofing nails begin at the bottom and work your way to the top of the roof. At the hips, install a prefabricated ridge unit.  On top of the roof, and finish with a ridge unit nailed over the adjacent shingles.

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