Category: Cedar Shingle Painting

Cedar Shingle Painting

Cedar shingles have become popular in Quebec in recent years. This aesthetic and very durable material is used to cover the roofs and even the exterior walls of homes and cottages. This reliable material is particularly popular on sloping roofs. You can choose to varnish it so that it retains its natural color, but it can also be dyed or painted. It should be noted that shingles that are not painted will become gray due to prolonged exposure to the sun and weather. The benefits of cedar shingleIMG_0474

Unlike other types of wood, cedar is moisture resistant, that is, it does not rot. It is therefore a material that is very suitable for the humid climate of Montreal, where cedar roofs last about 50 years … provided they are well maintained!

How to maintain the cedar shingle coating?

Pressure washing is recommended with a chlorine-free cleaner. To repair loose tiles, be sure to use nails dipped in lime: if you use galvanized nails, the acid from the wood will eat away at the nails, and you’ll have to start all over again after a few months.

How to paint cedar shingles?

Once the wood surface has been cleaned and repaired, it will be chosen to paint with a paint sprayer by adjusting the pressure of the appliance so as not to damage the surface. Apply an alkyd paint primer, followed by a paint that is specifically designed for outdoor use and will adhere to this alkyd. Different options are possible depending on your budget.IMG_0475

What precautions should be taken?

  • Before applying paint or stain all over the cedar surface, do a test on a discreet spot to check the color obtained once the plaster is dry.
  • Before using a spray gun, make sure you have completed the appropriate training. Protect your eyes and beware of wind that could cause damage to the neighboring property.
  • If you hire a professional painter, ask to see his certification.
  • Always read the instructions on the label of your paint or stain product carefully before attempting to use it.
  • Avoid painting in direct sunlight at high temperatures. Check the weather before starting your project.
  • Know that the drying time can vary greatly depending on the weather conditions, especially the degree of humidity of the ambient air.