Wood Shingle Siding
Wood shingle siding is fairly easy to install and if you use a wood such as cedar or redwood, they're naturally resistant to rot, insect and weather damage. The following information will tell you everything you need to consider when choosing this type of siding.
What is wood shingle siding?
Shingles are attached to an exterior wall one by one, from the bottom working upwards. Each row overlaps the one below it. Shingles are usually uniform in size, machine cut to give a smooth, regular finish.
Shakes are a type of shingle that are commonly made from cedar wood. Often they are hand split, giving a much more rustic finish with different sized, irregular pieces. The most common woods used to make shingles are cedar, redwood and treated pine. You can also buy engineered wood shingle siding products, such as TruWood shingles, which are extremely durable and not susceptible to rot, curling or decay.
Advantages of Using Wood Shingle Siding
The most obvious is the beautiful character it gives to your home. If you've spent a lot of money on a shed that doubles up as a pool house, outside entertaining area or spare bedroom, then shingles are a great finishing touch to add some charm to your garden or backyard.
Despite the clear advantages of using wood shingle siding, there are a number of drawbacks that you need to be aware of. Weigh these up against the unparalleled beauty of shingles and decide whether this is the right siding for you.
Disadvantages of Using Wood Shingle Siding
Shingles can easily splinter, crack and cup, especially in hot and humid climates. Using cedar or redwood can help to reduce this problem. Moisture and mildew can occur in natural wood shingles in hot and humid climates.
Maintenance - Even in dry climates you'll need to treat your shingles at least every five years with an oil based solution. This will help to protect against rot and preserve the color of the wood and preventing it from fading to grey. However, some people love the natural grey/green color that appears after a few years.
Cost - Shingles can be more expensive than other types of siding. However if properly treated and maintained they should last for decades. If you can't afford the initial cost of real wood shingles throughout, you could use them to make a feature on the front of your shed. Or if you're adding a porch or outside terrace, you could use them to add texture to the walls of just this part of your shed.
Strong winds - Another clear drawback of wood shingle siding is the fact that heavy winds can easily pry them loose.
Flammable - Wood shingles are extremely flammable. Some areas have even restricted their use so it's important to check your local building regulations before installing shingles as siding.
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