What Are Cedar Shakes

In Michigan the majority of the homes built in the 1900’s had wooden cedar shingles.  The roofs were constructed of repurposed barnwood or planking of abstract sizes and large spaces between the boards.  The shake shingles are about 5″ to 8″ wide from 16″ to 24″ long.  They are individually nailed to the roof boards.

As time went by and the wooden shingles began to deteriorate, instead of removing them most homeowners shingled over the top of them 2 to 3 times over the course of 30 to 60 years.  Now building codes do not allow more than two layers of shingles and all wooden cedar shakes must be removed.

It isn’t pretty but it is necessary

The shakes have been removed now the redecking of plywood begins

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About Gethin

Chess Roofing & Siding was started by David Chess in 1974. David and Sharon Chess are the business owners and live in the community of Ferndale. Chess is exceptional in residential roofing and siding experience and expertise. Keeping up on new and innovative products to offer for all types of jobs small and large. Gethin loves to help with the tough choice of color and design options that are available to enhance the appearance and curb appeal of your home. The company is active in the Ferndale and South Lyon Communities and help to support or sponsor many community events and programs. Gethin Jones, son of Sharon Chess, is business partner of Chess Roofing and Siding. He brings 20 years of experience with expertise in business management and sales. The crews with Chess have been with the company for many years. They are trust worthy and exceptionally thorough when working with our homeowners. Our crews are what make us the Company to depend on to get the best workmanship possible while working on your home.
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