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Re: WOOD SHAKE UNDER SHINGLE ROOF

Posted By: Joe
Sunday, 30 April 2000, at 6:52 p.m.

In Response To: WOOD SHAKE UNDER SHINGLE ROOF (VICTORIA JONES)

Whether or not is against building code is a matter for your local code enforcement office to answer.

The simple response is that athough your current code (as do many) prohibit the installation of wooden shakes, you may have been 'grandfathered' in...that is, if the law came into effect after the shakes and shingles were installed, you are not required to comply with new regulations.

From a non-code standpoint, it is very bad building practice to place composite shingles over wooden shakes.

It would be in your best to negotiate the price of the house before you buy, so that the seller can strip all layers from the roof and replace it with a single layer of shingles, or compensate you for having spend to have it done yourself.

Shakes are a terrible base for composite shingles and will lower their life expectancy significantly.

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