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?