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Shingles made of woodTradition, closeness to nature and, in addition, a very special aesthetics are qualities that a wooden shingle carries all at once.
This is precisely why this building material is experiencing a renaissance and is increasingly being recommended by architects and roofers.
Production of wooden shingles
Wood shingles differ in principle in the way they are produced in split and saw shingles. The special feature of split shingles is that the wood fibers are preserved over the entire shingle length. This makes split wooden shingles so extremely valuable and also resistant to environmental influences, which is why they are preferred for use in roofing. Of course, this method of production is only possible with specially selected wood, which must be straight-grain and knot-free. The Schindler uses a shingle knife for splitting. Today, work with hydraulic assistance is not that exhausting anymore. Sawdust or shingles are less durable, but a bit cheaper due to their mechanical production and are preferably used in building cladding. If they are still used for roofing, it must be particularly hard wood, such as the
Alaska cedar, or the shingles get a corresponding impregnation.
Shapes for wooden shingles
Depending on the area, shingles made of wood have their typical appearance. Scale forms vary in different widths and lengths. But shingles are also available in rectangular form or with cut corners. Best known is the Allgäu Art
in tongue form, which is laid in very narrow row spacing.
Types of wood for shingles
In church building split oak shingles have been popular since time immemorial. Oak wood is particularly hard and therefore extremely durable. Larch wood as a starting material for shingles is widespread in the Alpine region. This wood is also characterized by its resistance to environmental influences and is therefore also suitable for split-roof roofing. Cedar wood is not only convincing because of its durability, but also because of its natural ingredients, which act against harmful insects and fungi. The cedar wood used in Germany is mostly imported from Canada. For facades also spruce or beech comes into question. Here, however, a corresponding impregnation of the wood will be unavoidable. Those who prefer natural building materials will find a cozy ambience in their residential building with shingles made of wood.