“But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.”
-Anne Bronte, poet and novelist, 1820 – 1849
Beautiful, durable, ecologically sound siding. That’s what cedar shingles deliver and that’s why we chose them for our cabin. But the idea of applying small pieces of wood over an entire building can seem more daunting than it is. The truth is, siding with cedar shingles is easier than you think as long as you tackle the job properly. In fact, get into the right kind of Zen mindset and the work is quite enjoyable. The smell of fresh cedar is great, too.
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CONSIDE CEDAR SIDEWALL SHINGLES
The exterior wall treatment you choose for your cabin matters a lot because it sets the tone for how the place looks and how much maintenance you’ll be saddled with over the years.
CEDAR SIDEWALL SHINGLING HOW-TO
Now you’re ready to start the real work of shingling. It’s fun. The main thing to keep in mind is that each horizontal layer or “course” of shingles should be as close to level as possible. There are other tricks too, as you’ll see.
TIPS FOR FANCY & RELIABLE SHINGLING
Before you get near the top of your windows, door and walls, you’ve got a couple of things to think about. The first has to do with flashing.