I just had my roof replaced but I want to check the contractor did the job
I'm concern about
the minimum width of roofing shakes (cedar)
the minimum distance between the edge of one shake and the edge of the one
the minimum thickness
Is there a national guideline for this type of thing, or where should I go
look for a rules that applies to my house (in seattle)? The State? The City?
The manufacturer of the shake?
(D) There was an installation sticker w/ every bundle of shakes.
Depending on what particular shake you had, the setback is somewhere
between 5 and 9 inches. The minimum width is whatever is in the
bundle. Same goes for the thickness. A good installer will reject
wildly out of average shakes as he goes. Remember, if you're really
talking shakes as opposed to shingles, they're split so variation is the
I'd also note that if you had concerns, the time to have raised them was
while the work was in progress....
Here's a link that might help,
having said that, the randomness of the shakes is part of the whole appeal.
Taking a tape measure to the roof to ensure that every shake meets
guidelines seems, well, a little absurd.
Don't know whose you're using, but there certainly are a bunch far less
than that in every bundle I've ever laid....more like 3" would be my
estimate, but I've not measured them to actually see what the smallest
Man, that would take a <lot> of material if you mean a setback of
Depends on the weight--there are 1/2" too, at least. I suspect there
are other variations available as well. Certainly w/ sawn shingles
"juniors" of 3/8" are common.
Ahh...yes, I'd agree that an inch would be a bare minimum in my
book...I'd prefer more like two or greater. On a narrow shake like a 3"
I mentioned as probably a minimum, I'll certainly shoot for hitting it
in the middle.
I found something in my city code that says roofing should conform to UBC
chapter 15. I believe UBC is uniform building code. However, I can't seem to
find an online copy to look at. Could someone help?
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