Wood shingle siding has made a come back over the past couple of decades. That's probably due to its beautiful character and ability to last for up to 100 years. Shingles really do add charm to any building, whether it's a shed, house or country cottage. They're 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.
This guide to wood shingle siding will tell you everything you need to consider when installing this classic type of cladding to your shed.
Shingles are basically small rectangles of wood that are attached to an exterior wall one by one, from the bottom working upwards. Each row, or course, 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 products, such as TruWood shingles, which are extremely durable and not susceptible to rot, curling or decay.
There are a number of clear advantages of using shingle siding. The most obvious is the beautiful character it gives to your shed. 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.
Shingles are also pretty easy to install. You don't really need a lot of equipment to do the job - just a ladder, a good hammer, and an electric saw to cut the trim and some shingles to fit.
If you're using a wood such as red cedar then you also get the natural resistance to decay, the weather, insects and rot. They're also very tough, so a stray baseball won't dent or mark them.
Despite the clear advantages of using 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:
Wood shingle siding installation is a fairly simple process. Here are some tips to help you achieve the best quality finish:
So, there you have it wood shingle siding for your shed adds character, but there are a few points that you need to watch.
As always, the choice is yours!