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Installation of Shingle Siding Basics

Installation of Shingle Siding Basics

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December 3, 2007

There is no question that aluminum and vinyl siding are very popular for a reason.  However not everyone likes such a uniform look for the exterior of their homes.  If you have the type of home that needs a more rustic look, you may want to consider shingle siding.  Long used for roofs on a wide variety of homes, wood shingle siding has its place on the walls of your home as well.  The installation of shingle siding is pretty straightforward and with the casual relaxed completed look in place, you can have a house that isn't like any other home on the block.  Here is a brief look at this type of material and some of the options open to you:

The options available in this type of exterior covering are immense.  You could choose to use the traditional or fancier cut shingles intended for siding or even the less expensive roof shingles.  Both are equally appropriate for your installation of shingle siding project.  You can also choose from shingles that are treated to be flame retardant.  Most shingle siding used for home exteriors are made from red cedar or redwood trees.  Once you have your shingles picked out, it's time to start preparing for your home's makeover.

Installation of Shingle Siding

With your shingles in hand, one of the first steps in installation of shingle siding is deciding on your exposure.  Exposure refers to the amount of shingle that will be exposed to the elements.  You can determine exposure by subtracting ½ inch of the total length of the shingle.  Of course you can allow for a smaller exposure for a different look or more effective weather protection, but you will need more shingles to do this.   Most experts recommend allowing for four bundles of shingle siding to cover 100 square foot of wall space.

Once your installation of shingle siding project is completed, you can choose what type and color of stain you want to use to achieve your unique home.  Wood shingle siding is a great way to increase the value of your home and truly make your house your own personal space.

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