Installing Cedar Roof Shingle

By denememd on January 20, 2011 In Roofing

Installing wood Shingle Roofs

Preparing the Roof

Before you begin any roofing project, you should make sure your homes roof decking is dry and free from any dirt. The decking must then be coated with roofing paper, and it should overhang the eaves by 3/8 inch. Choose nails which will finish the look you want. Galvanized nails could eventually keep a streak down your shingles, which provides a lot more traditional look. However if you don’t want that streak, then use stainless steel or aluminum nails. You are able to speed up the installation by preparing out and organizing your shingles in advance. The gaps has to be staggered and the shingles come in random widths, so set piles of like widths together and it will be easier to grab the size and style shingle you need during the time. Get all of your materials and tools up on the roof before starting so you don’t have to keep going down and up the ladder while you’re working.

Installing the Shingles

Installing the shingles starts in the bottom and works up toward the high. The very first shingle have to overhang the gable end by an inch and eave end by 1 1/2 inches. The thicker part of the shingle goes down and, having a 3d roofing nail, nail 4 inches from the thick end up and 1 inch with the sides. The nails should be flush, not countersunk, with the shingle. Nail in the remaining shingles across the eave with a 1/4-inch to 3/8-inch gap between the shingles. Maybe you have to cut the width of the last shingle to fit. Another row of shingle will overlap the 1st row absolutely to close up the gap within the shingles. The side and edge of this row should be flush with the first-row side and edge, but you need to overlap the gap by at least 1 1/2 inches. Nail in about an inch higher than the nails in the bottom course and 1 inch from them. Finish the row keeping a ?-inch or 3/8-inch gap within shingles. Once the row is completed, snap a chalk line just under the row of nails. This is called an exposure line. Install the following row so that the thick end of the shingle lines up with the chalk line. Cover up the gap below by at least 1 1/2 inches. Go on in this manner till you reach about 3 or 4 inches from the top and then shingle the other side of the roof, leaving the ridge for last.

Shingle the Ridge

Calculate your ridge and cut a piece of roofing paper 24 inches wide and the length of the ridge. Fold it over the ridge in half and staple it in place. The paper will need to overlap the final row of shingles that you installed. Install another row of shingles, trimming the thin edges to meet the ridge. Do it again the roofing paper installation, only at this point it should be only 12 inches wide. Install the last row of shingles over the paper, trim to the ridge and nail about 2 1/2 inches from the ridge.

Install Ridge Cap

To find the angle of the ridge, use a T bevel and some scrap 1-by-6 and 1-by-4 boards. Place the boards at the ridge and put the ends together. Set up the T bevel to match the angle. Set the angle on a table saw and rip some of the scraps. After that test them on the roof to make sure the angle is proper. Try to make any essential modifications. Following, cut the 1-by-6 and 1-by-4 for the length of the ridge. You may connect the boards with caulk and 6d box nails. Next nail the ridge cap in with 6d roofing nails all 12 inches on both edges. Along with the ridge cap in place, your current roofing project is final.


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