Guide to Install Cedar Shingles on a Shed Roof and Walls

Cedar Shingles have been used for years in building design for various reasons. Their visual aesthetics and ever-lasting properties make them an ideal building material to cover the roof, wall/facade. Its natural rustic look with rich wooden texture makes it even more beautiful to the viewers.

Before we move on to installing Cedar sheds, it is essential to know basic information about Cedar Shake and Shingle. If you plan to add more style and strength to your building, check out this complete guide on installing shake and shingle for a seamless installation process.

What is Cedar shake and shingle?

A cedar shingle is a roof system made from natural wood material (cedar) used to form a roof or side of the building. While Cedar shakes and shingles may seem similar to an unfamiliar person, there is a significant difference between them. 

Both Cedar Shake and shingle resources are made from Cedar wood. However, Shakes are sawn on one side and hand split from the other side of a wooden cedar block, while shingles are sawn on both sides and thinner than shakes. Also, note that Cedar Shakes are a little more expensive than Shingles because of their durability. Now that you are familiar with Shakes and Shingles, it is time to move on to the installation process.

Steps to install Cedar shake and Shingle roofs:

For those who think installing Shakes and shingles would be challenging and exhausting, note that they are easy to fit in and can be satisfying if done with the right tools. Let’s tell you how you can give an ultra-modern look to your roof or walls with this timeless roofing material.

Step 1

Take measurements and consult a timber specialist who can guide you in selecting the perfect cedar material that best suits your project requirements. Several factors, from fire safety, colour, finish, budget, and material thickness, should be considered for outstanding results.

Step 2

The next step in installing Shake and Shingle is laying roofing felt and covering the roof without any gaps. Use a hammer stapler to secure the felt firmly to your top. Apply staples every 12-14 inches and provide full coverage.

Step 3

Now fix a batten along the width of the roof and place the first set of shingles and position them so that it overhangs the edges by 38 mm.

Step 4

Secure them by driving stainless steel siding nails or staples. Make sure to choose the right nails to keep your shingles firmly attached to the roof. Use a chalk line to guide your nail placement. Place the next set of shingles similarly. It is also essential to ensure that all shingle fixings are appropriately aligned. Make sure to leave a 5mm gap between each shingle to allow a natural insulation process.                                                       

Step 5

When you get close to the ridge, trim the shingles with a hand saw or a utility knife or install pre-made ridge caps(v-shaped shingles ) to cover the roof.

Now that you have all the shake and Shingle information, we hope you are excited to start your Cedar Shingle roof project. A pro tip is, to begin with, a small garden shed project, and as you master the roofing skills, installing Shake and Shingle will be more fun. Use our shake and Shingle resources to have a long-lasting and aesthetic roof for your dream home.