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Question DetailsAsked on 10/21/2013


House has wooden shingles. Wondering what a reasonable cost would be to tear down current shingles, replace shingles with" "A" grade primed cedar shingles, put up a vapor barrier, replace wooden window sill and stain the shingles. Size of area is approximate but it is about 16 rows of shingles (top to bottom) and the width of the area is approximately 22 feet wide. Thanks.

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Ballpark number - $7-10/SF for the stained and weathersealed cedar shingles, including tearoff and roof wrap or felt underneath. You would have to do a rough measurement of square feet (don't forget overhangs).

You say a vapor barrier - I presume you meant the water shield under the shingles - included in above cost. If you meant a vapor barrier in a wall, that goes inside the house under the finish surface, so to install a vapor barrier in a house that does not have one means stripping down to the studs - I don't think that is what you meant.

Wood window sill, unless the frame itself is rotten, probably about $75 more.

Oh - dumb me - I bet you meant cedar shingle SIDING instead of roofing - hence the barrier, which is actually breathable water-repellent housewrap not vapor barrier. For side of house, typically very similar price to roof application, because goes slower due to having to move around on scaffolding or move ladders, but easier to get materials up to work location, so comes out about a wash cost wise.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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