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Wooden Shingles

What to look for:

  • Curling edges
  • Rusting nails
  • Cracks
  • Missing shingles
  • Moss growth
  • Wet Rot
  • Insect attack
  • Bird damage

Shingle roofs are frequently found in the Home Counties and the South of England. The size and shape of the shingles as well as the detailing differed according to regional craft practices.

Oak, chestnut, and cedar shingles are available for replacements, which should match the existing roof.

Do not replace riven (i.e. split) shingles with sawn versions. Sawn shingles seldom look the same and may not last as long.

It can be difficult to prevent woodpeckers from hunting for insects between the shingles. Try occasionally spraying with water based insecticide (boron derivatives are particularly good and less harmful to wildlife) or placing tin shingles underneath the wooden ones to deter the birds from pecking.

Choose copper or stainless steel nails for fixing shingles.