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How to Fasten Cedar Shingles

How to Fasten Cedar Shingles

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August 3, 2007

If you have ever considered the possibility, learning how to fasten cedar shingles can not only add beauty and value to your home, but it is also a fantastic way to weatherproof your home.  Cedar shingles come in a wide variety of colors and sizes to accommodate just about every structure.  They provide excellent insulation and are able to stand up to every weather condition.  Hail, rain, snow, and windstorms have little effect on this durable product.  As far as appearance goes, cedar shingles have a more elegant look than a plain tin roof or regular roofing shingles.  Learning how to do this project yourself will take some research and planning on your part.

Before you begin placing cedar shingles on your home, you will need to visit your local home improvement store and pick the brains of the staff there.  Whether you are shingling the roof or exterior walls of your home, it will have to be prepared with a layer of building paper.  The specialists in the store can let you know which one is appropriate for your home.  Installing cedar shingles is a complicated process, so it is a good idea to get all of the information and advice you can before beginning the process.

Fasten Cedar Shingles

Once you have the correct building paper on the surface you plan to shingle, it's time to start transforming your home.  You will want to begin placing the shingles from the bottom of the surface, working your way up.  Two nails on each side of the shingle is a good rule to follow.  You will be able to cover the nails by overlapping the next layer of shingles. It adds beauty and elegance to the finished product.  You may find it is necessary to trim or cut some of the shingles to correctly fit areas like the corners or near windows or doors on the walls, or to make allowances for the peak of the roof.

Knowing how to fasten cedar shingles is a great way to add character to the exterior of your home and help protect it from the elements as well.  Always ask a professional for help if you get stuck mid project.

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