Alaskan Yellow Cedar Shingles Installation Guide
Installing Alaskan Yellow Cedar shingles requires careful attention to detail to ensure a successful and visually pleasing outcome. Follow these comprehensive steps to achieve a durable and aesthetic shingle installation:
1. Prepare the Base: Double Starting Course Begin the installation process by doubling the starting course at the base of the wall. Refer to Figure 6 for visual guidance. This initial step provides a solid foundation for the entire shingle installation.
2. Optimal Keyway Spacing for Cedar Shingles Choose the appropriate keyway spacing based on the type of shingles you are using. For Number 1 Grade Cedar Shingles Direct Alaskan Yellow Cedar shingles, maintain a keyway space of 1/8” to 1/4” between each shingle. When working with Number 1 Grade Cedar Shingles Direct Yellow Cedar shingles, ensure a keyway space of 1/4” to 3/8” between shingles. This deliberate spacing enhances the unique appearance of each shingle course.
3. Precise Offset of Side Joints Create an appealing pattern and prevent unsightly alignment by staggering the side joints within each course. Maintain a minimum offset of 1 1/2″ from joints in adjacent courses, as shown in Figure 2. This technique elevates the overall aesthetic of the shingle installation.
4. Establish Straightness with a Guiding Edge Ensure the straightness and levelness of your shingle courses by using a straight edge. Secure the straight edge to the wall with nails, aligning it with the shingles’ butt line. This step maintains consistent alignment and levelness. Regularly check for levelness every 3 or 4 courses to verify accuracy.
5. Concealed Nailing for Durability and Aesthetics Enhance the durability and visual appeal of your shingle installation through concealed nailing. As depicted in Figure 6, drive nails approximately 1″ above the butt line of the next course. For Alaskan Yellow Cedar shingles from Cedar Shingles Direct up to 10″ in width, use two nails per shingle, positioning them 3/4” from each edge. For shingles wider than 10″, add two extra nails spaced around 1″ apart near the shingle’s center. This strategic nailing approach ensures secure attachment and uniformity.
6. Minimize Waste and Ensure Precise Fits The natural variation in Cedar Shingles Direct Alaskan Yellow Cedar shingle widths reduces waste during installation. However, for corners, doorframes, or window frames, minor adjustments to specific shingles might be necessary. Attention to detail guarantees a precise fit and a refined final appearance.
By meticulously following these comprehensive installation guidelines, you’ll achieve an exceptional and enduring installation of Alaskan Yellow Cedar shingles that highlights both craftsmanship and aesthetics. For visual references, consult the accompanying figures.
General Guidelines for Installation and Finishing
Preparation & Storage
- Check Local Building Codes: Before starting, consult your local building code for specific cedar shingle installation requirements.
- Initial Inspection: Before installing, inspect the product thoroughly. If it’s not satisfactory, don’t proceed with the installation. Note that defects reported post-installation cannot be held as the supplier’s responsibility.
- Storage Conditions:
- Store the shingles flat in a well-supported manner, ensuring they are under dry cover.
- Ensure the storage area is well-ventilated and unheated.
- If storing on concrete, place a vapor barrier beneath the materials and elevate them. This is crucial to prevent moisture absorption.
- Store the shingles on their original pallet to keep them elevated from the ground or cement.
- Always use slip sheeting between shingle layers to prevent sticking. Replace any slip sheeting if restocking.
- At the end of each workday, cover any uninstalled shingles to protect them from environmental factors.
- Installation Timing: It’s recommended to install the shingles as soon as they’re received to maintain their quality.
- Material Inspection: Before installation, inspect each shingle. Remove and cut out any defects or imperfections to ensure a seamless finish.
- Seal Cuts: If you’ve made cuts or alterations to any shingle, make sure to seal the raw wood areas before installation. Be cautious: applying touch-up to the face of the product may cause uneven spotting. The supplier won’t be responsible for improper touch-ups.
- Nail Head Finishing: If you need to touch up nail heads, utilize a Q-Tip or a very small brush. Improper nail head touch-ups that result in spotting won’t be the responsibility of the supplier.
- Nailing: Always utilize corrosion-resistant nails. Acceptable choices include hot-dipped galvanized, aluminum, or stainless steel maze nails.
- Follow Specific Instructions: Depending on the type of cedar shingle product you’re using, refer to the specific installation guide provided:
- Red Cedar Shingles Installation
- White Cedar Shingles Installation
- Cedar Valley Shingle Panel Installation
- Red Cedar Siding Installation
- Factory Finished Installation Instructions
Cautionary Note on Wood Products
Be aware of the natural properties and potential risks associated with wood products. Ensure all safety precautions are taken during installation and maintenance.
For a comprehensive understanding and specific details, always refer to the product’s official manual or contact the supplier directly.
Wood Products Caution
Sawing, sanding, or machining wood products can produce wood dust which can cause a flammable or explosive hazard. Wood dust may cause lung, upper respiratory tract, eye, and skin irritation. Some wood species may cause dermatitis and / or respiratory allergic effects. The international agency for research on cancer (IARC) has classified wood dust as a nasal carcinogen in humans.
- Avoid dust contact with an ignition source.
- Wood dust clean-up and disposal activities should be accomplished in a manner to minimize the creation of airborne dust.
- Avoid breathing dust.
- Avoid dust contact with eyes and skin.
FIRST AID: If inhaled, remove to fresh air. In case of contact flush eyes / skin with water. If irritation persists, call a physician. For additional information or a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for this product contact Michigan PreStain.