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Author Topic: Red Elm for shingles???  (Read 1167 times)

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Red Elm for shingles???
« on: April 25, 2007, 05:47:27 PM »
Does anyone have an idea of how Red Elm would work for roof shingles. Were constructing a log structure (Pioneer Blockhouse) and have access to a small amount of Cypress and several nice Red Elm logs that we will have processed. Any input will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Red Elm for shingles???
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2007, 05:35:29 PM »
I assume you're planning to saw them, not split them.  Splitting elm is an effort in futility due to the interlocking grain.  Unfortunately, elm of any type is not a good choice for roofing shingles.  It has very low resistance to rot, and even if you treated it, the interlocking grain would probably result in some shingles that are shaped like potato chips.  On the other hand, it does make beautiful lumber.  Maybe you could saw them into lumber, sell it, and buy some more suitable logs  ;D ;D  I recommend cedar, oak (white is better than red, but either will do), or cypress.
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