How To Cover the Roof With Wooden Shingles (Holzschindeln)

Cover the Roof With Wooden Shingles


First we put either roof slats or boards. If we choose late, then the first batten will be on the stand (ie it will be the narrower edge of the truss).

The next lags will lie down. The first row of laths will be about 7 cm from the second (measured from the end of the first to the beginning of the second). The next lanes will be 8 cm apart.

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If we put the whole roof of boards, then it is necessary to put a narrow strip of board at the edge of the first board to lift the first row of shingles. Thanks to this, the shingles will stack on top of each other.

If we use combs (nails with a wide head), it is good to drill shingles before drilling, because wooden shingles tend to crack. You can avoid this when using a staple gun (pneumatic stapler – nailer). This will also speed up the speed of creating a new roof.

Laying of alpine shingles:
We start with the first shingles hanging (protruding) from the late (board) about three centimeters from the side and bottom. Therefore, it is good to put wider shingles on the edge.

first shindel on roof
first Shindel on roof

We make the first row of wooden (alpine) shingles in two layers. We lay the second layer so that we cover the joints and nails/clips. In the second layer, we can either nail the nails in different ways on the shingles, but if the nails are visible, then when it rains on them, the wood will rot under them.
Therefore, we consider that in the second layer we beat the nails up to the upper half of the wooden shingles, so that the nails/clips are forged below the next order.


first site of wooden shindel


It is good to keep shingles about 7-8 cm wide in addition to covering the roof. Later we will use them to cover the roof.
There must be always two shingles on top of each other (for example, the second half of the 2nd row and the first half of the third row of shingles will be on top of each other when we look at them from the side). This is so that it does not flow under the roof through the wooden shingles.

At the end of each row, prepare about 3 alpine shingles in advance so that the last one protrudes at least 3 cm from the side of the roof.

When we lay the shingles on top of the roof, we cut the protruding wooden shingles. And then we continue to the other side of the roof.

After we layout the other side of the roof in the same way and cut the protruding shingles, we start the ridges.

If we have a wider and narrower ridge, then the wider one will overlap the edge of the narrower one. We make two layers for the first row of combs. The first layer will be made of half shingles and the second layer will be made of the whole. They will be planted 2-3 cm in front of the roof. The second layer will be the opposite for the wider and narrower ridge, so that the joint is covered and does not flow under the ridges.

comb of wooden shindel Holzschindeln


Another row of combs will continue until about the first half to cover the nails/buckles again. You can either unfold the combs to the end this way, or go one side to the half and start from the other side just as you started the first side. The ridges will then meet on Wednesday. We cover the last nails with a vertical shingle. They will be the only nails he will see.

The last part of the roof made of alpine shingles, which needs to be made, are the ceilings. We start similarly to the comb. The first layer of the first row will be half shingles (so that the wooden shingles fit). The whole shingles go to her.

ceilings of wooden shindel


Other tips copy the location of the shingles on the roof. Once the sides join us, we can still place an alpine shingle in the middle of the top of the roof, which will be perpendicular to the ground. Again, only the nail/clip will be visible there again.
So we have finished covering the roof with alpine shingles, which can last up to 80 years.

FINAL wooden shindel roof