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Non-Marring Shingle Ledger
By Chris Yerkes

Protect the shingles and eliminate all those pesky nail holes.

Q When I’m installing prestained cedar sidewall shingles, what is the best method to keep the shingles aligned? Is there a way to use a ledger board without marring the surface?

A Chris Yerkes, a cedar-shingle installer certified by the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (CSSB), and owner of Cedarworks, in Brewster, Mass., responds: I always use a ledger board to keep the shingles in line as they are fastened, but how you attach the ledger read more...


Pressure Washing Wood Roofs
By Chris Yerkes

Q: I read the Q&A on using treated cedar shingles in the March 2016 issue of JLC. Do pressure-washing and sealing a cedar roof also help to promote longevity?

A: Chris Yerkes, a cedar-shingle installer certified by the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (CSSB), and owner of Cedarworks, in Brewster, Mass., responds: Pressure-washing a cedar roof is generally a bad idea, and my company does not offer that service. I have two main problems with it: read more...


Pressure-Treated Wood Shingles
By Chris Yerkes

Q: A client is considering pressure-treated cedar shingles for the roof on his new house. What are the pros and cons to using these shingles vs. regular cedar?

A: Chris Yerkes, a cedar-shingle installer certified by the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (CSSB), and owner of Cedarworks, in Brewster, Mass., responds: In my 13-plus years installing cedar roofs, I have been asked to install regular cedar—both western red and Alaskan yellow—shingles and shakes read more...


Roofing With Cedar Shingles
By Chris Yerkes

For a long-lasting roof, stick with the best shingle grades and use a ventilating underlayment.

My company specializes in cedar roofing and siding here on Cape Cod, where cedar has long proven its durability even in severe coastal weather conditions. Correctly installed, a premium cedar roof can easily last 25 years read more...