Wood Shingles & Siding

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Paint and maybe refinish shingles on exterior of our house? Aug 25, 2021 (2 responses below)
Referrals for replacing house shingles Sep 3, 2019 (2 responses below)
Fire- & insect-resistant siding Aug 3, 2019 (1 responses below)
Re-shingle entire house Jan 5, 2017 (2 responses below)
Wood shingle repair and replacement referral? Dec 6, 2016 (1 responses below)
  • We live in a Craftsman-ish house in Berkeley, built in 1908. The previous owners went the cheap route and painted (AAAAGH!) the redwood shingles on the second floor exterior of the house, as well as the wooden siding on the exterior first floor. The house is two stories, 2,000 square feet, very tall, and needs repainting. The original window frames and sills and a lot of the house should be sanded first, or something like that, as the paint is peeling in some spots. Rather than repainting the entire house, I would like to have the paint removed from the shingles and have them stained/refinished, but I am afraid that this will cost an arm and a leg. What have you paid recently to have a good deal of prep work done and a similar sized house painted? Have you had paint removed from shingles and the shingles refinished, and if so, what did that cost? Finally, can you give me some local recommendations to do the work? Any other suggestions or things I should consider? Thank you for your help!

    We have a similar 1907 Craftsman house with shingles.  (Shingles are cedar, not redwood.)  It would be quite costly to remove the paint for the shingles and they won't be able to remove all of the paint so it's not good.  Have you thought about re-shingling the entire house?  It will great.  The problem with doing anything with wood right now are the prices.  Wood prices are doubled if not tripled over the past year.  Over the years we have tried to sand and stain the windows in the front of our house.  The wood is so far gone it only looks good for a couple of years/.  We finally decided to get a quote....  $18,000 just to replace the windows or $25k to repair the existing windows.

    With all of the fires you are going to have a difficult time finding someone to do this type of work.

    It’s not feasible to remove paint from shingles. You can simply reshingle. I recommend this if the shingles are old since often people paint shingles when they are badly deteriorated in order to hide the damage.

    When reshingling you can either leave them to weather naturally, or apply stain. If you plan to stain, have your contractor stain them by dipping BEFORE putting them up. The stain will penetrate on all sides and be much more durable.

  • Referrals for replacing house shingles

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    I am looking to replace shingles on two sides of my house. Does anyone have a recommendation for carpenters or businesses that replace shingles?

    I had my roofing done by Nicholas Roofing in Berkeley this summer. They were professionals and wonderful to work with. They also do repairs and shingle replacements. I know because they did my neighbors. 

    Avi Masseri, from "Shingles on the Side" did an AMAZING shingles replacement job on our house in Berkeley.

    His number: 510-219-4089

    Na'ama Firestone

  • Fire- & insect-resistant siding

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    I am wondering if anyone in the East Bay hills can share their experiences with updating deteriorating, uninsulated wood siding with a fire- and insect-resistant siding, such as modern cement siding or shingles, and modern insulation. I love the look and (rainy season) ventilation of wood siding, but we need something with fewer fire and insect concerns. Thank you.

    You would stucco.  Look at the Hills fire and the houses that survived for the most part were all stucco.  Cement siding isn't as good.  I know at least one of the companies which made such a product went bankrupt from all of the lawsuits.  Redwood siding composite siding last 10 to 20 years and then start falling apart and rotting.  A shingle house will be one of the first to go in a fire.  It's all fuel for the fire.  Not sure if you can use shingles anymore due to fire issues.  Stucco is the best when it comes to fire and insect resistance. 

    Good thing you didn't ask about earthquakes and the clay soil we have.  If you had stucco is probably one of the worst.  But cement siding would be worse as it will just crumble. 

    There is no one perfect building material is there. 

  • Re-shingle entire house

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    We need to reshingle our whole house and was hoping for more current recommendations for shinglers. It's a 3 story house so it's a big job.  Any recommendations for someone that does quality work.  Thanks in advance. 

    RE: Re-shingle entire house ()

    Without a doubt you should go with Avi Messeri. Avi came highly recommended to us and did a fantastic job on our 1920s house. Reasonably priced high quality work. His number is (510) 527-8583. sean

    RE: Re-shingle entire house ()

    Best shinglers I have used are: Avi (Shingles On The Side) at 510-527-8583 and Oliver Govers (Sidewall Shingling) at 510-339-6965. This is not an inexpensive undertaking.

  • Hi BPN, I have a wood shingle house where the shingles probably need to be totally replaced on at least one side of my house.  For the remaining sides, I need cleaning and some spot-specific repairs.  I know the east bay (especially Berkeley) is filled with wood shingled houses.  Any tips are appreciated!

    Try Collins Roofing/Construction.  They have different operations but I know they did a nice job with some siding repairs for us and shingling has to be the same thing. 

Archived Q&A and Reviews


Need to re-shingle my house

June 2016

Hi, Our 100+ year old house in Berkeley needs new siding shingles. Since the house is not quite level, I'd like to get names of expert shinglers. The archive names are from the 1990's. Any new names/ recommendations? Thanks!

We have used Adrian Gomez Roofing for our last 2 homes. Great experience both times, excellent work, good pricing. You can reach him at: 510-582-1892 Good luck! ellen

Mynor DeLara of EcoValley Construction does excellent quality work. We have had him do a number of projects at our home over the last year including a kitchen remodel, replacing windows and siding, along with a few other changes. His number is 415-505-5815. He is located in San Rafael, but goes to other places in the bay area. Christina

Exterior Contractor to replace shingles and siding

Feb 2016

Hi, We are looking for a contractor to tear off old shingles and replace either with new shingles or with wood siding on our 2 1/2 story Victorian house in Alameda. Looking for bids both ways. May have lead paint on old shingles (have not tested yet). Must be licensed and carry worker's compensation insurance. Someone with some design experience/sense would be helpful also. Recommendations greatly appreciated. Linda

Two excellent shinglers in the local area are: Avi at 510-527-8583 and Oliver at 510-339-6965. Interview both of them and see which one suits your needs best. You can not go wrong with either.

Recent Shingler Recommendations?

Oct 2015

I'm looking for recommendations for quality shingle installers from the last few years in Berkeley. Thanks! anonymous

Govers Sidewall Shingling, in business since 1993, owned by Oliver Govers, a Berkeley native... sidewallshingling.com

We used Oliver Govers/Govers Sidewall Shingling. His website is http://www.sidewallshingling.com/2014/ He is a real craftsman. He just does beautiful work. We found him because we saw a house that he had done that we just loved and asked the owner, who also raved about him. His crew is great, easy to be around and very skilled. Vickie

ISO Shingle repair person

July 2015

We recently bought a Craftsman house which needs shingle work. Can't afford to re-shingle entirely, but we'd like to get several of the worst sections taken care of this summer. Any recommendations? Thank you!

Suggest you contact and arrange to meet Avi Messeri for your shingle repair. He has been in the business in this area for many years and always does a very fine job. His number is: 510-527-8583. Roger

Dec 2011

Re: Seeking shingler

Collins Roofing {collinsroofing.com} does siding as well as roofs. Think about it. It's the same process; just 90 degrees different. Great people. Good prices. Excellent work. Norm