Repairing Wood Shingles

I live in Maine where the coast is littered with beautiful wood shingled homes. I’m a New England gal so I can’t help but dream of the day that I’ll get to own one. Though they’re a lot of upkeep, I don’t think there’s any siding that compares.
As wood shingles age, they tend to darken in color so replacing shingles with new ones always stand out. Better Homes and Garden offers a great mini tutorial on mending splits, holes and attaching new shingles.
Here are a few of their tips.

Mending splits
Mend splits by drilling pilot holes and nailing, then seal the gap and nailheads with roofing cement. Some cements can be applied like caulk.
Mending holes
For holes, drive a sheet of aluminum flashing material under the shingle. Be sure it extends beyond the leak. If the spot is very visible, paint the metal to match the shingles.
Replacing a shingle
After removing a broken shingle, place the flat end of a pry bar over the old nailheads and strike with hammer to drive the nailheads flush.
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