Shiplap cladding on playhouse roof


Old 04-22-13, 01:27 PM
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Shiplap cladding on playhouse roof


I'm building a playhouse and had hoped to build the roof with pressure treated shiplap cladding. A bit like this one Children's Playhouses - Crooked Mansion Playhouse.

Having paid a lot for the cladding though I'm now worried it isn't going to be sufficiently waterproof, and I'm not sure how to fix it so that it won't leak around the fixings...

It is a 45 degree pitched roof... Questions...
- do I have any chance of it working?
- how should I fix the cladding so that it doesn't leak around the fixings? For the walls I've screwed the cladding in. Can I countersink, screw and fill? Is there a better solution?
- any good suggestions for what to do about the ridge?

Any help greatly appreciated - two children desperate to get their playhouse finished!

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Old 04-22-13, 02:24 PM
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Welcome to the forums! what they used was tongue and groove pressure treated boards with the tongue pointing up and a sealant between the boards most likely. It is far different than ship lap siding, although if the lap is sufficient and you seal the lap, you may ward off some water. I would never use raw wood on a roof, mainly for your fears of leaking. Even with this factory playhouse, I would embellish it with some sort of shingles, either cedar shake or a regular tar shingle. I'd hate to see all my work rot away because of water, and the fact I wanted pretty rather than efficient.
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I could not get the picture to load.
Not a great plan to try and use just exposed wood, no amount of caulking will make it work.
And pressure treated should not be used inside a building except for the bottom plates.
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With that pitch on the roof, I'd shingle it.

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