Steam Bent Shingles
also known as cedar shingle thatch roofs.




steam bent shingles

Shingle thatch or American thatch is the technique of using cedar shingles to recreate the texture and look of a reed-thatched roof. The shingles are bent along a curved framing support and roof edges, and laid in undulating, wavy courses. www.customshingles.com



steam bent shingles

American thatch home with carrot rake detail. A carrot rake or gable run is where the roof starts with a large diameter at the ridge, and tapers down, sometimes to a point, at the eave. www.customshingles.com



steam bent shingles

Steam bent wooden shingles laid in a wave pattern. www.customshingles.com



steam bent shingles

Steamed and woven shingle roof and custom made doors and windows. This is a playhouse (large enough for adults) built by Robert Mahrer of RMGC, Inc. www.rmgcinc.com



steam bent shingles

Steam bent shingles, as above. Built by Robert Mahrer of RMGC, Inc. www.rmgcinc.com



steam bent shingles

False thatch roof with cedar shingles and mild wave coursing. www.customshingles.com



steam bent shingles

False thatch roof with cedar shingles and mild wave coursing. www.customshingles.com



steam bent shingles

Large rolled roof edge. Steam bent wooden shingles laid in a wave pattern and rolled under at the eaves. www.customshingles.com



storybook cottage

Rolling, undulating wave coursing.Large rolled roof edge. www.customshingles.com



steam bent shingles

Stacked roof edges on false thatch. www.customshingles.com



steam bent shingles

Steam bent wooden shingles laid in an extreme wave pattern and rolled under at the eaves. www.customshingles.com


steam bent shingles

Steam bent wooden shingles laid in an extreme wave pattern and rolled under at the eaves. Check out those chimneys!



steam bent shingles

Steam bent cedar roof stained light gray in Japan. www.customshingles.com



steam bent shingles

Steam bent wooden shingles laid in a wave pattern, with molded copper gutters. www.customshingles.com



steam bent shingles

Steam bent shingles rolled under eaves. Carmel Cottage. The roof edges are first framed with rounded edges, and then the shingles are steamed to fit the curve. Image by Linda Hartong. www.imagekind.com



steam bent shingles

Steam bent wooden shingles laid in a wave pattern and rolled under the large exaggerated eaves. www.customshingles.com



storybook cottage

Steam bent wooden shingles laid in a wave pattern and rolled under at the eaves. www.customshingles.com



storybook cottage

Cottage roof with carrot rake detail. www.customshingles.com



steam bent shingles

Cedar roof stained light gray in Japan. www.customshingles.com



storybook cottage

The roof is a two part system: curved framing is placed over a standard decked roof with a heavy base sheet then a framed lattice system is installed over that, allowing the wood shingles to breath.The roof will last three times as long.



steam bent shingles

Steam bent cedar roof in Connecticut with mild waving. www.customshingles.com



steam bent shingles

Steam bent shingles on an old home in Bridgeton, New Jersey. www.city-data.com


steam bent shingles

Storybook Cottage in Rhinebeck, NY.
For rent: www.storybook-cottage.net


steam bent shingles

Steam bent wooden shingles laid in a wave pattern and rolled under at the eaves. Long Beach, California. clarityofverity.blogspot.com



steam bent shingles


Hansel and Gretel Storybook Cottage a.k.a. the Spadena House, 1921, by set designer Henry Oliver, Beverly Hills, California. you-are-here.com



steam bent shingles

Cottage in Białka Tatrzańska, Tatra Mountains, Poland. Although not steam bent, the roofing is unique. www.flickr.com



steam bent shingles

Santarella barn in Tyringham, Massachusetts. In 1920, sculptor Sir Henry Hudson Kitson decided to turn the barn on his property into a studio and envisioned creating a rolling, thatched roof similar to the traditional thatched-roofs in his native Britain. He enlisted the help of several local farmers to grow a crop of rye for the thatching, but the crop went bad, and he turned to asphault shingles to create the effect he desired. Each tile was hand-cut to a wave-like shape and then was laid in thick layers of different-colored shingles. The whole project took three workers twelve years to complete.
www.santarella.us



steam bent shingles

Windamere Cottage in Carmel-by-the-Sea. There are still local craftsmen in Carmel that do this type of roofing. Linda Hartong Photography. www.flickr.com


steam bent shingles

Steam bent shingles on the Winckler Cottage.
Handmade by Timothy Lindberg and Daniel Huscroft.
British Columbia. lindcroft.com



Learn More:

'Roofing' by Taunton Press: Excerpt: books.google.com

'Bungalow Details Exterior'
By Jane Powell, Linda Svendsen, Excerpt: books.google.com

Bernard Maybeck at Principia College: The Art and Craft of Building By Robert Michael Craig. Excerpt: books.google.com

'Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties' is the only book we know to be devoted entirely to storybook architecture. Written by Arrol Gellner and photographed by Douglas Keister, the book briefly details the history of the style, and contains many beautiful pictures. storybookers.com www.amazon.com

An image of another beautiful old home with bent shingle roof in West Virginia called the Ricketts House can be found at the bottom of this pdf: www.wvculture.org.pdf


How to:


Bell shaped roof: www.jlconline.com

Soaking and Microwave: forums.finehomebuilding.com

A curved eave: www.chiefarchitect.com


Roofers:

Custom Cedar Solutions
Based in Florida but frequently build roofs in all the US states, Canada and the Caribbean. Have provided and installed hundreds of cottage roofs over the last 35 years. Brochure: issuu.com Watch their video here: www.youtube.com
www.customshingles.com

Craftsman Roofers, Inc
Colorado, will travel.
www.craftsmanroofer.com

Cost= Expensive! Similar in price to a slate roof.

Or - DIY --


bent shingles

Bend 'em with or against the grain. For: rounded eaves, rounded gables (or rakes), bay windows, bell towers, flaired roof edges, flaired side-walls, circular column walls, cupolas, domes, and geometric homes. www.custommade.com




 

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Carolyn M
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new roof.....chg. suburb
Reply #12 on : Fri April 25, 2014, 09:01:57
We live in home wood, I'll. 60430.
The house has a simple roofline. The garage as well.
The patio roof is separate, 21 x 18= 380 sq. ft.

A estimate of 1700 sq. ft. For the house/garage.
One and three qt story, (attic bedrooms).
Front, has two dormers upstairs.
Construction Dorset
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Re: Steam Bent Shingles
Reply #11 on : Tue December 10, 2013, 08:55:18
Simply wish to say your article is as surprising. The clarity in your post is just great and I can assume you are an expert on this subject.
Anonymous
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Steam Bent Shingles (Cedar)
Reply #10 on : Sun December 01, 2013, 03:53:43
Wow! very good in Quality.
Troy Corriere
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For Kenny
Reply #9 on : Sat September 28, 2013, 13:08:53
Hello Kenny,
I'm really interested in building my own home and I have always wanted to have a roof like this. I would appreciate any assistance you can offer as far as written resources and publications on the subject. Please send me an email at [email protected] Thank you.
Troy.
Ken Adelizzi
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Contact number
Reply #8 on : Thu August 15, 2013, 18:11:10
626-705-5397
Ken Adelizzi
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Re: Steam Bent Shingles
Reply #7 on : Thu August 15, 2013, 18:07:32
Wood shingles are my specialty if anybody needs help installing wood shingles send me an email. I'm in Southern California . Kenny
Sarah
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Prices
Reply #6 on : Mon August 05, 2013, 09:45:02
We are planning to build in Idaho. What is the price of a typical 2,000 sq. ft. house ?

Is it fire resistant ?

Would it be OK in a cold/snow weather area ?

Thanks,
Sarah
Chris Durbin
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steam-bent cedar shingles/shakes
Reply #5 on : Tue July 02, 2013, 04:59:53
I have extensive experience with the steam- bending process. I would like to reconnect with a company that is actively involved with the cedar application of artistic cedar roofing.
arthur hernandez
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wood shingle wave
Reply #4 on : Tue June 11, 2013, 00:04:47
the first house i applied a wood shingle wave on a roof was in California in 1978.
this is a dying art. I am about to do one here in Hawaii and I am willing to train others to carry this craft to other generations of.
Anonymous
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anybody lend me a hand
Reply #3 on : Mon March 18, 2013, 08:48:46
I cant imagine the time and effort that goes into preplanning or possibly freestyle method of laying these out. What an art. I'm going to tear my roof off.

http://rockintheboat.us
Brian Calamita
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Wave-course roofing
Reply #2 on : Sun January 13, 2013, 09:54:26
I came across this article and thought I'd let you know that there are more of us out there that do this style of roofing. Based in Cleveland but we travel. We will be starting work on a cottage-style roof in Louisville, KY next month. Happy to supply photos.
www.roofingresponsibly.com
Md Rezaul Karim
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Re: Steam Bent Shingles
Reply #1 on : Fri September 28, 2012, 06:04:34
Brilliant idea to build a house.
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