Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Shingling Progress

We've finished shingling the north side of the house. Now for the south side.
You can still see some mud from our boots up there, but I think we'll let the rain wash that off.

We've also started putting up the 2x6 tongue and groove planks that make up the second floor. I don't have any pictures of that yet so I'll write more about that later.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


Since we've had all the fun we can stand putting up ice and water membrane, we decided to start shingling as soon as the temperature would allow. But before we could start shingling we needed to do some prep work.

We decided to go with 1x6 cedar fascia and standard drip edge. I spent the extra money to purchase stainless steel ring shank nails for the fascia boards. We could have used galvanized, but I didn't want to risk them eventually corroding and staining the cedar.
We also needed to put up some flashing in any area that could potentially be at risk for a water leak in the future.
The system of shingles we chose comes from the Novik company. It's a company out of Canada. The product is Novislate. It is a polymer panel made to resemble slate tiles. I won't go into to much detail about the panels since the website does a good job of describing the system.

We chose them because they are a good choice for collecting rainwater and they come with a 50 year warranty. A long lasting shingle is important for a roof with a steep pitch like ours. So far they haven't gone on as easy as I thought they would but we are getting the hang of it. One thing I'm a little concerned about is the fact that they tend to scratch easily. Only time will tell if this will be a problem.
We are a little further along than the pictures show, but we didn't snap any pictures the last time we were out.