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Let me start by saying I've done a few roofs but I'm not a pro. On the upside, I have the next 8 weeks off of work, so I've got plenty of time to tinker. So...

This house has been a fave of mine for quite a while.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mushrie/3016589597/lightbox/

I've found a new (old) home in need of repair, and this roof would suit it very nicely. What's the name of this roofing style? How was it done in the old days? Is there a reason for the wavy-ness?

Any history or architectural information would be really helpful, as would tips on recreating this roof.
 

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Not sure of the name, but it's usually done in cedar shake perfections. You'll need to steam bend some of them.

This one doesn't have the eyebrows but it was difficult enough. Those rakes will require some modifications to make the curves work. Not adding eyebrows will save you weeks. One screwup and you'll never find the leak.
 

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It can be called several descriptive names, depending on which part of the country/world they are discussing it.

I've known that style as "Thatch", "Gingerbread" and "Cotswald".

It would take a uniquely talented crew, not just one individual a lot longer than you think due to the individual detail work.

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md2lgyk said:
That has to be the ugliest roof I've ever seen.
Agree. But I wasn't going to be the first one to say it. :eek:
 

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Let me start by saying I've done a few roofs but I'm not a pro. On the upside, I have the next 8 weeks off of work, so I've got plenty of time to tinker. So...

This house has been a fave of mine for quite a while.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mushrie/3016589597/lightbox/

I've found a new (old) home in need of repair, and this roof would suit it very nicely. What's the name of this roofing style? How was it done in the old days? Is there a reason for the wavy-ness?

Any history or architectural information would be really helpful, as would tips on recreating this roof.
It's a fake thatch done with cedar shingles. There is steam bending involved and it requires about twice as many cedar shingles as a straight coursed cedar roof. Pretty tough learning curve and very labor intensive.
 

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Thank you for all of the input. Shingle thatch is the name I was looking for...and I'll be saving that article for a later date!
 
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