This part of the project, like many others, I had never attempted before. It seemed simple enough, but I was not sure how steep the learning curve would be. In the end, I found that the entire process was fun and easy. With a little research and planning the rest only required time and common sense. It is a slow process, but the look adds so much character.
Here are some helpful tips I learned and used as I worked with my shakes.
- I recommend using a continuous underlayment (tar paper, house wrap, storm guard, etc.).
- Start with a double row at the bottom of a new section.
- Leave 1/8″ gaps for expansion.
- Use two nails per shake whenever possible.
- Pre-drill the nail holes to prevent cracking.
- Unless you are trying to achieve a specific pattern, alternate between wide and thin, dark and light shakes.
- Keep the distance between courses consistent and level.