Instructions For Installing Cedar Shake Siding

You have shown your customer how cedar shake siding can be used to add rustic appeal and warmth of shingles without the maintenance and hassle that comes when wood is used. You have assisted them with selecting the color of shingles that will provide their home with great curb appeal.

It’s time to get it installed!

Although it isn’t especially hard to install cedar shake siding, the shakes need to be installed in a similar way as roofing in order to prevent water from intruding at the walls. The following are installation methods that are proven to be very successful in achieving optimum performance when cedar shake shingle siding is installed.

Install The Siding On Top Of A Solid Base

It is best to install cedar shake siding on a solid base like plywood shear walls or existing wood siding, ideal 7/16″ or higher. Depending on the preferences of the homeowner, the shakes can be installed on a wainscot with traditional siding over it or on a whole wall.

Use Wrap or Plastic

Install woven house wrap or plastic. If the wall has trim and siding installed, then skip this step.

Space The Panels at Different Temperature Ranges

Like all other outdoor plastics, Perfection Shingles expand and contract based on changes in temperature. The panel has a temperature indicator that can be used for how much space should be in between the panels when you install them.

The Nailing Pattern Is Very Important

It is critical to place nails on each panel. The nails need to be centered in each nail slot, and each panel needs to have a nail through its center nail hole in order to prevent the panel from shifting right or left during regular contraction and expansion. Don’t nail siding too tight.

Start on the First Course

If cedar shake siding is being used on the whole wall, install a starter strip first. Start on one end at the bottom part of the wall. Use a chalk line to lay the courses out on the wall to get level reference lines established. Position the panels to stagger the joint lines. To achieve the best appearance, offset the joints one foot at least from the prior course.  Minimize using starter pieces of similarly cut lengths Each starter course needs to be a different length than the prior course in order to avoid having a repeat pattern.

Keeping installing shakes in rows in a staggered pattern. Choose shakes wide enough so that they span the seam below or one that is narrow enough for offsetting the seam below. ┬áBe sure that the shake’s thick edges cover the nails on the shakes below to give the siding the best appearance.

Tips For Successfully Installing Side Locks

When panels are installed on the wall, it is very important that each seam it checked to ensure the side lock is fully engaged. Note if there are any gaps at the seam. A lock most likely has been missed is there are any gaps.

The above are some of the most important techniques for installing cedar shake siding successfully. We have professionals that can help you with us. Give us a call today!