How to Install Cedar Shake Siding Part 2

What You'll Need
Chalk and chalk line
Cedar shake shingles
Wood glue
Rubber mallet
Utility knife
Siding nails
Tape measure

When you install cedar shake siding there are a number of things you want to do to ensure that your walls do not leak water or air once you are done. Cedar can bring a very nice appearance to the outside of your home, improving your house value as well. Cedar siding can be bought in several widths and lengths, you will want to pick what will give the outside of your home the desired look. You can also get several sizes of shingle, and stagger them as you go to add character to the water lines.

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Step 1 - Measure your shingle line

Before you can start mounting your cedar shake siding, you will need to mark out your rows so that they don't slowly arch up or down as they are being secured. Start in bottom left of your outside wall and measure half of your shingles length from the base of your wall that will be getting the new siding. This is going to be your first row, mark this on both sides of your wall and then use your chalk line to snap a line across it as a guide. You can adjust this so that more or less of the shingles will hang below the bottom edge of your wall, by simply adjusting the measurement.

Step 2 - Begin with a Starter Row

Start on the left side and begin mounting the cedar shake siding on panel at a time. Do not over nail these, as they will crack and split, and cause them to be more structurally in-stable. If you are using two different types of shingle for a special effect, simply stagger them as you go, and try to stick with the same pattern row to row, or you can even mix them up.

Step 3 - Stagger the rows as you go

keep mounting and chalking lines row after row as you mount your cedar shake siding. Be sure that the line between the shingles in the lower rows are centered under the center of the shingle above it. This allows water to flow downward off your wall once you are done, and not into your outer walls causing mold and damage. On the ends of rows, or at the start of rows, use your utility knife to trim the first and last shingles to allow the overlapping as you go.

Step 4 - The Top Row

Once you have done all your rows to the top of your wall near the roof and trim, you will cut the tops off of your shingles following the same pattern and then tap them into place. You can coat the tops of these with wood glue if desired to prevent them from simply falling out during the changes in weather. You can use a rubber mallet to tap them into place from the bottom and to avoid cracking and breaking them from using your hammer. Follow the row along and trim up the ends as normal, and your cedar shake siding is done.