Question by  matrim (18)

What is the correct spacing for cedar shingle siding?


Answer by  Olsons (31)

Cedar shingle siding should be spaced 3/8" - 1/2". This allows for expansion and contraction of the natural wood siding, which will occur with changes in weather. Rainy weather will cause the shingles to swell. Dry weather will cause the shingles to shrink. More or less spacing could result in either the quick deterioration of siding or aesthetically unpleasing results.


Answer by  mammakat (11147)

The general rule of thumb for natural shingles is 1/16", for kiln dried 1/8" to 1/4". Be aware this will vary as to your type- straight or half round, and even to your manufacturer. You need to consult the manufacturer's recommendations for your particular shingles. My specs came from SPC.


Answer by  Jaggers (1018)

The standard spacing for a four foot cedar shingle is 3 inches. However as long as the cedar shingles overlap you can be as creative as you like. Spacing becomes less important than attractive geometric patterns. The Amish have done some amazing things with this medium. If possible hire one of these guys as a consultant.

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