Posted By kissmyass on November 25, 2013
Though many people will think of cedar shingles as going on their roof only, walls need protecting from the elements almost as much as roofs do. The problem with walls is that you either simply paint them or leave exposed wood, stone or bricks; bricks and stone develop cracks while the wood that is actually a part of the structure of your home will eventually rot and be difficult to replace. Some stone or brick home-owners use render to protect their homes but this can look very ugly on the wrong homes and cracks after only a few years. Cedar roof shingles are very versatile and work very well to protect your home while also looking great on buildings made of stone, brick, wood or even modern concrete buildings where you may be desperate to cover unsightly bare concrete.
Shingles fit together in such a way that water easily rolls down them and if treated regularly will last a long time without rotting. When eventually side shingles do need to be replaced they can be taken from the building without damaging the actual structure of the building, which has been kept safe underneath.
Wooden shingles have been used in North America since colonial times so are a great way to bring a historic or rustic feel to your home be it new or old.
The cedar shingles you buy are of course a natural product and some are going to have imperfections while others will not. The grade of shingles you choose will depend partly on you budget but also the look you are going for. On a traditional rustic home shingles with some knots and imperfections in can actually add character to your home and add something to the quality especially on an old home which has its own perfections. Shingles with no imperfections will give a pristine finish, best suited to modern homes and homes in cities and towns.
Starting from the most expensive and arguably best grade: extra grade A cedar has no imperfections at all. As well as the look no imperfections means that tiles are unlikely to crack and unlikely to leak though imperfections don’t have to be a problem if shingles are laid properly.
Clear Grade B Cedar has no imperfections up to clear line: which basically means that no imperfections will show once the shingles have been properly laid.
Clear Grade C does have imperfections but they will be knots that are not going to come out or cause leaks. Utility grade D may well have imperfections and are basically left-overs not guaranteed to be free of imperfections that may lead to leaks.