#1 Grade 18” Perfection Western Red Cedar R&R Sidewall Shingles add warmth, durability, and timeless charm to your home. While many plastic and composite products on the market attempt to duplicate the look of cedar siding, none match the beauty and distinctiveness of naturally grown cedar. Our Western Red Cedar R&R (Rebutted and Rejoined) Sidewall Shingles are trimmed for parallel edges with butts sawn at right angles for true ease of installation. Whether you choose to stain, paint, or allow them to weather naturally to a beautiful silver, real cedar shingles are a low maintenance product that adds texture, durability, insulation, and individuality to your home.
Features & Benefits of Western Red Cedar Shingles:
• Extreme Durability – Cedar Shingles easily withstand harsh weather conditions including heavy wind, rain, and hail.
• Longevity – Western Red Cedar is known as one of the most durable softwoods, and with proper maintenance, Cedar Shingles can beautify your home for decades.
• Energy Efficiency – Cedar offers excellent insulation for your home, keeping it warmer during cold months, while allowing your home to breathe and stay cooler during the warmer months, all while maintaining a low carbon footprint.
• Termite Resistance – Western Red Cedar wood is naturally resistant to termites.
• Ease of Installation – Great for Do-It-Yourself projects, Cedar Shingles are easy to install.
• Versatility – Western Red Cedar Shingles can be used with many different architectural styles, affording you the option of a home covered in beautiful Cedar wood, or simply a small rustic accent area on an otherwise traditional home.
• Quality Milling – We sell only the highest quality Cedar products.
• Adaptability – Cedar Shingles are manufactured to be used on both interior and exterior wall surfaces.
• Packaging: Each box provides 100 square feet of wall coverage at 14" shingle exposure.
• Length: 18" (Perfection)
• Grade: Number 1 Grade, Blue Label. Bureau certified grading. Clear Heartwood, 100% edge grain, no defects.
• Texture: Sawn-Face Texture.
• Thickness: 0.45" thickness at Butt.
• Courses per Carton: 56.
• Cartons per Square: 1 carton.
• Width: 14" maximum exposure, 4" minimum exposure.
Coverage Rate Information:
• When using double coursing, this product has a maximum exposure of 14".
• When using Single coursing, this product has a maximum exposure of 8".
Single Coursing Vs. Double Coursing Application Methods:
• Using the single coursing application method, the shingles are installed with one layer of shingles per run.
• Using the double coursing method, two shingles are installed on top of each other on every layer. This method allows more of the face of each shingle to be exposed, providing more square footage of coverage from each box of shingles. Double exposure application also saves money on material and produces a more noticable shadow line.
Estimating Cedar Shingles:
1. Measure the amount of square footage you have to cover.
2. Using the chart above, identify the amount of coverage per box at your desired exposure.
3. Divide the square footage of coverage needed by the square footage per box value that you just selected from the chart.
Example: 500 square feet of wall needs to be covered using #1 grade perfection cedar sidewall shingles. The highest level of exposure is desired, therefore the shingles should be installed as a double course with a 14" exposure. At a 14" exposure, each box of shingles should yield 100 square feet of coverage. So, divide the 500 square feet of wall coverage by the 100 square feet of coverage per box. At this exposure, 5 boxes are required to complete the job.
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Additional Technical Resources for 18” Perfection Western Red Cedar R&R Sidewall Shingles:
Watkins Sawmill: PEFC Certificate of Registration
Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic resources Notice of Acceptance
• Good workmanship is crucial to the integrity of any sidewall system. Installers should read the Watkins Sawmill Installation Manual carefully and ensure that they follow proper workmanship practices.
• Certi-label Western Cedar shingles and shakes are applied on walls in a different manner than on roofs. The major point of difference is in permissible weather exposures - on walls the maximum weather exposure is greater than it is on roofs.
• A given area of wall will require less material than the same area of roof.
Single Coursing Western Cedar Shingle Installation:
1. Apply 15-30 lb. felt biulding paper over sheathing.
2. Double the first course at the base of the wall. Use dry low grade #3 or #4 shingles or other acceptable undercoursing for the starter course.
3. Space shinges slightly apart (1/8"-1/4") to allow for expansion and prevent possible "buckling".
4. Offset joints 1 1/2" from adjacent corners.
5. Drive nails approximately 1 inch above butt line of succeeding course of concealed nailing.
6. For shingles up to 8" wide, two nails in each shingle are placed 3/4" from each edge. For wider shingles a third nail should be driven into the center.
7. Use only 1 1/4"-1 1/2" hot dipped zinc or aluminum nails only.
Double Coursing Western Cedar Shingle Installation:
1. Follow the same directions as single coursing with the following exceptions.
2. Two layers of dry undercoursing recommended for the starter course, then the outer course
3. Each succeeding course requires dry undercoursing to be applied before the outer course is applied. Outer courses should be applied 1 inch lower than the undercoursing.
4. Face Nail the outer course shingles woth two casing-type cails (as in #7 above), driven about 2 inches above the butt line, 3/4" from each edge plus additional nails every 4 inches for wider shingles (as in #6 above).
Finishing Western Cedar Shingle at Corners
1. Outside corners can be finished by lacing, butting against corner boards or mitered.
2. Inside corners are finished by butting shingles against a square wood strip on the inside corner.
**Note: Install the best face facing outward.**
Finishing Cedar Shingles:
• Use oil-based stains only. To hasten the weathering process, apply a bleaching oil finish.
• Generally finish products immediately after installation providing that the moisture content is appropriate for both the finish product being used and your locale. If the finish is not applied promptly, adhesion can be compromised (unless additional surface preparation is undertaken).
• If you have installed a natural product (unfinished), apply your finish before rain and other moisture are absorbed. Ensure that you account for high humidity concerns.
• In all instances drying time varies from region to region. Excessive moisture will limit finish adhesion.
• If you clean the surface prior to finishing, ensure that it is allowed to dry to the finish manufacturer's recommended moisture content level before applying a new finish.
• Each Certi-label Western Cedar shingle or shake should be applied with two fasteners.
• Nails must be stainless steel Type 316 in locations within fifteen (15) miles of salt water (ref. Stainless Steel Industry of North America Washington DC, www.ssina.com).
• For locations outside the salt water zone - nails must be stainless steel Type 304, Type 316, or hot-dipped zinc coated galvanized conforming to a coating weight of ASTM A 153 Class D (1.0 oz/ft2).
• Stainless steel nails, although more expensive, offer the highest degree of corrosion resistance.
• Contact the nail manufacturer for further information to ensure the nails used comply with listed requirements and are correct for your application.
• Minimum nail lengths are shown in the fastener chart located in the Watkins Sawmill Shingles Application Guide.
• In double course applications, the exposed Certi-label Western Cedar shingle or shake should be face-nailed with two nails (as above), driven 2" above the butt line, and 3/4" from each edge.
• Certi-label Western Cedar shingles wider than 10" require 2 additional nails and these two nails are driven approximately 1" apart near the center of the shingle.
**Please Note: some nail manufacturers offer nails specifically for wood shake or shingle sidewall application. Contact the nail manufacturer for further information to ensure the fasteners used comply with listed requirements and are correct for your application.
• If you choose to use staples they must be stainless steel Type 316 in locations within fifteen (15) miles of salt water.
• For locations outside of the salt water zone - stainless steel staples Type 304 or Type 316 must be used.
• Two staples should be driven per Certi-label Western Cedar shingle or shake with the staple crowns 7/16" minimum horizontal, maximum 3/4" horizontal, to the Certi-label Western Cedar shingle or shake butt.
• Staples are driven in the same location as nails relative to the sides and overlapping butt line.
• Certi-label Western Cedar shingles wider than 10" require 2 additional staples and these two staples are driven approximately 1" apart near the center of the shingle.
• Fasteners should be long enough to penetrate into the sheathing at least 3/4" or all the way through and driven flush with the surface of the Certi-label Western Cedar shingle or shake.
• In all applications, staples shall be concealed by the course above.
• DO NOT USE ELECTRO-GALVANIZED (EG) FASTENERS. Ensure the fasteners used comply with listed requirements.
• Nails are preferred, for aesthetic reasons, in sidewall application using exposed fasteners.
Thank you for your question on our box of #1 Grade, 18” Perfection WRC Sidewall Shingles. These shingles are the “Natural” version of this item and have a light rough texture. The Natural and Machine Grooved textures are kept in stock. We can also have the sanded smooth version of this same item brought in if you’d like. Please don't hesitate to call or email us if you have any questions at all!