My company has specialized in cedar sidewall shingling in California's San Francisco Bay area for the past 31 years. In my opinion, there's not a better-looking or more practical siding than tight-to-trim cedar shingles with straight, consistent course lines and nicely woven corners. Here's how we approach a typical job.

We usually install western red cedar shingles that carry a Certigrade label from the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau (604/820- 7700, cedarbureau.org). For most sidewall applications, Certigrade No. 2 Red Label and No. 3 Black Label shingles are fine, but for some architectural designs and in areas with extreme climate conditions, we prefer...

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