Tips to properly lay wooden shingles

A shingle roof made of wood is not only visually beautiful, but also a good alternative to roofing. Shingle-roofed houses are not only found in historical areas for a long time. The covering of the roof, however, needs to be skillful. Read here what is important.

Background information

In any case, careful planning is the basis for successful covering. Depending on the roof pitch, either two or three layers must be laid. You should also plan beforehand how you want to build the substructure - laying it directly on the rafters sometimes has disadvantages, the state of the art today is full formwork, the application of a roofing membrane and counter battens as a rear ventilation level.

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This means a lot of effort and requires real expertise - especially with roofs, one should be very careful without the appropriate experience, as a leaky or improperly covered roof can cause serious damage to the structure of the building. So if you do not have the necessary experience, you should leave the covering with wooden shingles to a specialist company.

Clapboard and fasteners

With the fastening material, you must make sure that it is made of stainless steel and has a grooved shaft. You should usually expect around 200 nails or shingle pins per square meter of top surface.

You have a relatively large selection of the type of wood used for the shingles. The individual types of wood differ very clearly from each other in terms of weather resistance, hardness and durability.

Side and bottom ends

The so-called eaves row of the shingles must be higher than the other layers.

With the type of wood used for the shingles, you have a relatively large choice. The individual types of wood differ very clearly from each other in terms of weather resistance, hardness and durability.

Instructions for laying shingle

  • Clapboard pins
  • Wood shingles
  • Material for battens the eaves row
  • possibly. lateral termination - so-called verge row
  • Clapper ax
  • Saw for cutting the shingles to length
  • Fall protection
  • Tape measure

1. Laying plan and start of laying

You should have made an installation plan before the start of the project, the substructure should also already be installed. It starts at the eaves. Lay the first row of shingles along the edge of the eaves. The second and third rows of shingles are laid on top of this with an offset and cut to length so that the eaves are at least twice as thick.

Alternatively, you can also attach battens to the eaves - then you do not have to cut the first rows of shingles to length, but can lay them continuously.

2. Ridge covering

A so-called verge is created on the roof ridge. It is used to ensure that the roof ridge is actually tight at the end. The roof shingles are laid across the ridge and nailed together at the edge offset to one another. In the last row under the verge, the shingles may have to be cut to length in order to maintain the standard row spacing of 12.5 cm for classic laying.

3. Side closure

The shingles should always be laid with an overhang on the side of the roof. To make it easier for the rainwater to run off, the side should have a so-called water nose. The laterally transversely set up cover is also equipped with a water nose in the classic installation. It closes off the clapboard laterally under the overhang.

Tips & Tricks Wooden shingles can of course not only be used for roofing, but also for facade cladding. A similar substructure is used here, the wooden shingles are also attached to counter battens.