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Old 10-01-2010, 11:19 AM   #1
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Re-tiling a cedar shingle summerhouse roof.


Hi eveyone
Here is the first of many i suspect, DIY questions.

I am about to embark on a shingle roof repair project which involves an old but much loved summerhouse.

Its many years old and structally sound but the roof has had it big time (under an oak tree does'nt help ).
Anyway, i stripped all the old shingles off back in march, and have now obtained replacement shingles for the job, the cost of shipping over to the uk similar fish tale shinlges was totally out of the question due to the cost involved.
I am going to use plain ones instead of the same lenght but the widths are random .
My main concern is this, should i use roofing felt under the shigles.
no felt was use before and it never leaked even during the wetest of winter etc.
I can't really remove all the cross timbers as they are cut into the main roof sections etc.
can i refit without and still be assured of a dry setup.

I have to replace some other timber section on the rear as they are shot also but not a major issue here.
I have added some pics , so what do you think and reply back with any recommedations.
I think you will see what i mean by the roof being shot....

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Re-tiling a cedar shingle summerhouse roof.


Oh you got yourself a helluva project there. Looks like it's well worth the effort though. I like the look of it.

What are you replacing with, shake or shingle? What is the length and butt thickness?

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Re-tiling a cedar shingle summerhouse roof.


Technically you are not "tiling" anything since you're not putting back tile, but I get the point.

That's a heck of a project to learn on. This manual by the cedar shake and shingle bureau should answer all your questions... http://www.cedarbureau.org/installation/roof-manual.htm there are different methods which depend partially on the product you are installing. Typically for cedar shingles we will first run out the felt to cover the substrate, but then again we will typically have a solid substrate. For shakes we will typically interweave the felt courses with the shake courses, it's actually the felt that provides much of the water protectiveness with wood roofing systems.

I would also encourage replacement of the flat sections so as not to incur having to tear up parts of the new sloped roofin a few months or years to fix those areas. It makes sense to do now.
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