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    Author(s): Tony Bonura; Jack Dwyer; Arnie Nebelsick; Brent Stuart; R. Sam WilliamsChristopher Hunt
    Date: 2011
    Source: General technical report FPL-GTR-201. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2011: 11 p.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    This article gives general guidelines for selection, installation, finishing, and maintenance of wood shake and shingle roofs. The authors have gathered information from a variety of sources: research publications on wood finishing, technical data sheets from paint manufacturers, installation instructions for shake and shingle roofs, and interviews with experts having decades of experience in constructing and inspecting shake and shingle roofs. Where possible, recommendations are based on research results; however, some information is determined from practical experience installing shake and shingle roofs. More detailed information is available from shake and shingle suppliers and the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (CSSB). Note: Installation instructions contained herein are not intended to supercede local building codes.

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    Bonura, Tony; Dwyer, Jack; Nebelsick, Arnie; Stuart, Brent; Williams, R. Sam; Hunt, Christopher, G. 2011. Installation, care, and maintenance of wood shake and shingle roofs. General Technical Report FPL-GTR-201. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 11 p.


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    Shakes, shingles, ultraviolet radiation, UV degradation, water-repellent preservatives, semitransparent stains, solid-color stains, paints, roofing, roofs, roof construction, roof maintenance, maintenance, installation, preservatives, wood preservatives, degradation, deterioration, staining

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