There are dozens of exterior home finishes in existence today, from ultra-modern concrete block to traditional brick facades. One covering that has truly withstood the test of time is the shingle. Shingles often bring to mind charming Nantucket cottages or spring break bungalows in the Caribbean. No matter where in our service area you live, though, whether it is in coastal South Carolina or mountainous North Carolina, you can use shingle cladding on your house. You will learn more about this exterior material as you read the following FAQs.
What exactly are shingles?
Just about everyone has had a shingle roof on their home at one point or another, but this material can also be used on exterior walls, in lieu of siding, stucco, or another covering. Shingles, at their essence, are nothing more than multiple pieces of a given material (often asphalt or wood) laid in an overlapping fashion. Each row of shingles is known as a course.
It is important to note that, when shingles are used to cover walls instead of roofs, they typically adhere to wood sheathing or battens. Furthermore, while shingle courses are almost laid in straight lines in the roofing industry, wall courses can have unique patterns to add depth and visual interest.
What materials are shingles made from?
As mentioned above, shingles are most frequently made from asphalt or wood. It is worth mentioning that asphalt shingles are very rarely used on exterior walls and are typically reserved for roofing projects. Western red cedar wood shingles tend to be the most popular among homeowners who are recovering their houses; they are durable and withstand all sorts of weather elements, including high winds.
If neither of these options appeal to you, there are other materials that can be used to craft shingles. Tile shingles, for instance, look great on Mediterranean style homes but are typically used for roofs and architectural features, rather than entire exterior walls. Zinc shingles also have a unique look and work well on modern-style residences.
What is standard shingle sizing?
Today’s shingles come in several standard sizes. Widths of a ¼ inch and ½ inch and lengths of 16 inches, 18 inches, and 24 inches tend to be the most popular. If standard sizing does not work for your project for one reason or another, talk to your contractor about your options. Custom shingles can be made, but you will probably have to increase the overall budget for your renovation.
What are the benefits of using wood shingles?
There are several perks to choosing wood shingles for the exterior of your home. For one thing, these shingles tend to age quite well, developing a rugged, rustic appearance that will give your home a great deal of character. If you happen to live on the Carolina coast, you can expect the region’s salt air to have an excellent effect on how your shingles weather. Another benefit of choosing wood shingles is that they are significantly more environmentally friendly than many other options, particularly if you make sure you choose a manufacturer that harvests from sustainable forests.
If you think shingles are the right choice for your exterior renovation, we hope you’ll contact the Hatch Homes team today to schedule a consultation. We know how nerve-wracking the process of finding the right contractor can be, and we want to assure you that we take pride in satisfying our clients every time. We look forward to working with you!