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  1. #1
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    Default How can I tell if my cedar shakes are still good?

    My husband and recently I bought a 1952 Cape Cod recently. It has its original cedar shakes, however, they must have been painted at one time, and the paint was then removed, possibly by *****washing. You can see remains of the paint around the edges of a lot of the shakes. We're not sure when the paint was removed, but it wasn't that many years ago. What I want to know is, how can I tell if the shakes are still good, or who can I ask to check them out impartially? I'd rather just paint them again, but many of the shakes are really friable and crumble when you touch them. I'd rather not paint the house and find out in a couple of years that they need to be replaced or the house resided. The house needs plenty of work so saving money on the shakes might mean being able to do the kitchen sooner. Or fix up the screened porch.

    Help!

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    Default Re: How can I tell if my cedar shakes are still good?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pencils View Post
    many of the shakes are really friable and crumble when you touch them.
    This is one indicator that repairs are in order, as would holes, missing pieces, and other damage. Any General contractor or siding spe******t should be able to handle the job for you.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: How can I tell if my cedar shakes are still good?

    You may also want to check with your homeowner's insurance company. Some insurers do not cover homes where the wood shingles are replaced with wood again. Some do, but its best to ask before you find your policy has been voided by an honest repair on your part.

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