The installation of Cedar Roof Shingle

The installation of Cedar Shingle Roofs

Preparing the Roof

Before beginning any roofing project, you’ll want to make sure your homes roof decking is dry and without any any junk. The decking have to then be coated with roofing paper, and it need to overhang the eaves by 3/8 inch. Decide on nails that may finish the style you would like. Galvanized nails could eventually keep a streak down your shingles, which provides a bit more rustic look. However if you wouldn’t want that streak, then use metal or aluminum nails. It is possible to speed up the installing by planning out and organizing your shingles beforehand. The gaps have to be staggered and the shingles come in randomly widths, so set piles of like widths with each other and it’ll be easier to grab the size and style shingle you’ll need during the time. Get all your materials and tools up on the rooftop before you start so that you don’t have to continue down and up the ladder while you are doing work.

Installing the Shingles

Installing the shingles starts in the bottom and works up toward the peak. The 1st shingle should overhang the gable end by an inch and eave end by 1 1/2 inches. The thicker area of the shingle goes down and, using a 3d roofing nail, nail 4 inches from the thick finish up and 1 inch with the sides. Their nails should be flush, not countersunk, while using shingle. Nail in the remaining shingles along side eave with a 1/4-inch to 3/8-inch gap from the shingles. You may have to cut the width of the last shingle to fit. Your next row of shingle will overlap the 1st row completely to close up the gap between the shingles. The side and edge of this row should be flush with the first-row side and edge, but you should overlap the gap by at least 1 1/2 inches. Nail in about an inch higher than the nails in the lower course and 1 inch from each side. Complete the row keeping a ?-inch or 3/8-inch gap between the shingles. Once the row is over, snap a chalk line just under the row of nails. This is called an exposure line. Install another row so that the thick end of the shingle lines up with the chalk line. Cover the gap below by at least 1 1/2 inches. Keep going 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 have to overlap the very last 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 get the angle of the ridge, use a T bevel and a few scrap 1-by-6 and 1-by-4 boards. Place the boards at the ridge and put the ends with each other. Set 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 be sure the angle is accurate. Get any important modifications. Next, slice the 1-by-6 and 1-by-4 for the length of the ridge. You can actually connect the boards with caulk and 6d box nails. In that case nail the ridge cap in with 6d roofing nails every 12 inches on both ends. Together with the ridge cap in place, your current roofing project is finished.


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