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Learn about Wood Shingles

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are a thin, tapered piece of wood that is used as a façade to cover exterior walls and roofs. They can be stained, painted, charred, or allowed to weather.

Look for locally harvested, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood.</p><p>Wood shingles come in various grades (letters or numbers). They may be Grade A, B, C, or D, or Number 1, 2, 3, or 4, with Grade A and Number 1 being the most 'clear' or knot-free. High-grade shingles are also called 'clear shingles' and are the best choice for siding or roofing. They may also be pre-stained or coated to prevent moss and mildew growth, and if so, be sure to check what type of finish was used. Low-grade (Grade D) shingles have many knots and are meant to be used for other purposes, like construction shims or indoor finishing.

Wood shingles are typically made from cedar or redwood and can be sourced locally and depending on the finish used (stain or paint) they can also be fully biodegradable.

In the early 19th century, wood shingle production was revolutionized by the steam powered saw mills, which allowed for mass production of uniformly sized shingles.