Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Roofing/Siding

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-16-2009, 04:13 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Snohomish, WA
Posts: 125
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Shiplap plank = hen's teeth


Background: I have a 30 square roof that's very nicely put together with 1X8 shiplap. Some time next year, the old shingles will be torn off and replaced. There is absolutely no reason to install sheathing over the original shiplap which is spaced very nicely, and will cause no issues with shingle warranty.

I tried very hard to avoid it, but a recent repair required the replacement of some planks. With a hole in my roof and wet weather in the forecast, I searched high and low for 1X8 shiplap, and found nothing but strange looks, and people who told me I could not use shiplap at all. (More than one even suggested I use plywood cut in to strips - Ha! Plywood isn't very strong when you cut it in to strips.)

In the end, seeing as the entire roof will be opened up next year and I can replace these planks with the right stuff, I brought home some 1X8 yellow pine and made my own shiplap on the table saw. It worked pretty well, but I wish it was douglas fir instead.

Surely there will be planks to replace here and there when the roof is done, so I really need to have some 1X8 shiplap on hand when the time comes. Where the heck do I buy it? As I've said, no one seemed to know what I was talking about, but given the number of people that also told me planks were never used in roofing, I'm obviously not dealing with well-informed people. (And no, I wasn't just polling box stores. These were real hardware and lumber yards!)

Where do roofers find this stuff? Do I need to ask for it by a different name?

KAdams4458 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 02:39 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Snohomish, WA
Posts: 125
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Shiplap plank = hen's teeth


I always ask the hard questions, eh? I gotta stop doing that.

Maybe I need to actually drive to the lumberyards and show them a picture. Or... Maybe they're calling this stuff something else these days. There are obviously a few of different versions of shiplap out there. Maybe attaching an image of what I'm looking for will spark a response.

Please, someone tell me I just had a stroke of bad luck when I talked to a dozen different people, and none of them could tell me where to find this stuff. I really do not want to make every piece I need on a table saw. It's just too time consuming.
Attached Thumbnails
Shiplap plank = hen's teeth-shiplap.jpg  

KAdams4458 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 05:23 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: NEPA
Posts: 557
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Shiplap plank = hen's teeth


Try these guy`s http://www.fritchmill.com/page3739.asp

__________________

mark942 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 06:57 AM   #4
Historic Restorer
 
Filbee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Posts: 18
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Shiplap plank = hen's teeth


I've seen plenty of shiplap installed on roofs here in Louisville. We have a large collection of Victorian mansions spaced all around the city. Wherever they pop up we find lots of slate roofs (many are soft and ferrous and failing at this point in their lives) in addition to unique tile roofs. Shiplap boards are interspersed with tongue and groove or spaced sheathing under many roof surfaces. I guess lots of the old timers used whatever was on hand. It is hard to find the stuff at any local lumber yards and using a table saw has been the best way to go for me several times.

http://www.adobelumber.com/products.shtml
Filbee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 04:13 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Snohomish, WA
Posts: 125
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Shiplap plank = hen's teeth


Quote:
Originally Posted by mark942 View Post
Holy cow... A mill? I didn't know that place existed. Hey, since you found a mill in my back yard that I didn't know about, maybe you can also tell me where I left my spare car keys.

They might not have the stuff, and I'm for sure not ordering thousands of feet of custom stuff from them if they don't have it, but I suspect they might be helpful. Thanks!


Quote:
Originally Posted by Filbee View Post
I've seen plenty of shiplap installed on roofs here in Louisville. We have a large collection of Victorian mansions spaced all around the city. Wherever they pop up we find lots of slate roofs (many are soft and ferrous and failing at this point in their lives) in addition to unique tile roofs. Shiplap boards are interspersed with tongue and groove or spaced sheathing under many roof surfaces. I guess lots of the old timers used whatever was on hand. It is hard to find the stuff at any local lumber yards and using a table saw has been the best way to go for me several times.

http://www.adobelumber.com/products.shtml
Old timer practices can be interesting. Every piece of plank on my roof seems to be the exact same material, but a lot of it has cement residue on it. First, they used the stuff to make the forms for the foundation, and then used it on the roof. Pretty resourceful not having to haul forms on and off the property, or waste much material.

If I really have to make all of this stuff on the table saw, I'm buying myself a dado blade and a new T-square fence for Christmas. My 54-year-old rip fence sucks, and it is pretty much the only thing keeping me from using my table saw for more projects.
KAdams4458 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hardi plank - staining vs painting acdrey Building & Construction 35 12-16-2012 04:20 PM
konecto plank prestigue junkwin Flooring 4 03-19-2009 03:17 PM
hardie plank reno questions hansolo2 Building & Construction 1 10-02-2008 04:10 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.