Make wood shingles yourself

You can use wooden shingles both as roof cladding and as facade cladding. On the facade, laying it yourself is not too difficult and hardly causes any problems, on the roof you need some experience - and of course you have to be well secured and free from giddiness. You can find out here how you can make coverings from wooden shingles yourself.

Background information

As a rule, wooden shingles are laid on appropriate counter battens. The lath spacing usually corresponds to the row spacing of 12.5 cm. On the roof, full cladding made of shuttering boards and a bitumen sheet below the counter battens is also attached so that the roof is really tight.

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Wooden shingles are attached with so-called shingle pins, either two or three times per shingle. When offsetting, it should always be ensured that the clapboard pins are also covered.

Side and bottom end of the roof

When covering the roof, a closure is necessary on the eaves side as well as on the roof sides, as well as a special cover on the ridge. The so-called eaves are formed by two rows of shingles that are cut to length, while the verge on the ridge is formed by shingles that are laid across and nailed together. On the side of the roof there are then various laying options for the side trim.

Step-by-step instructions for laying wooden shingles on the roof

  • Clapboard pins
  • Wood shingles
  • Clapper ax
  • Saw for cutting the shingles to length
  • Fall protection for roof work
  • Tape measure

1. Construction of the substructure and creation of an installation plan

When you have attached the substructure - full cladding and counter battens - to the roof, measure the roof area again to determine your exact shingle requirements. If necessary, draw a layout plan so that you can orientate yourself better while you work.

Depending on the roof pitch, you have to lay the shingles in two or three layers - this influences the laying plan and the laying technique.

2. Production of the eaves

Start at the bottom of the eaves with the first row. Cut the shingles for the first row to 20 cm, the shingles of the second row to 30 cm. First lay the first row and then the second row with a 3 cm offset. The distance of 12.5 cm and the offset of 3 cm are maintained up to the ridge row.

3. Ridge covering and side termination

Create a verge on the ridge from transversely laid wooden shingles and on the roof side a side cover - either from a strip or also from wooden shingles in the pattern you prefer. The roof is now completely covered.

Tips & Tricks The laying of the facade cladding is even easier because you don't have to create an eaves or verge. The offset and row spacing are also the same as on the roof.