Our bird house shingles are hand clefted from Sweet Chestnut and are great for smaller roofing applications. Each tile is 6″ long by 1″-3″ wide. These small shingles look fantastic on smaller roofs (like bird houses) however, please do bear in mind that they take longer to lay. It is also important to note that although each roof tile is clefted the same each time, because of the way the grain travels some tiles may be slightly different widths or thicknesses.
Sweet Chestnut is a perfect wood for bird house shingles. Its tannin-rich wood protects the wood from decay and attack so that it will last for many years. Some British Church spires have Chestnut shingles that date to 150 – 200 years old. Read more about Sweet Chestnut HERE.
Our Bird House shingles are £73 per square metre (approximately 150 tiles) or £37 per linear metre.
Please note that they are not pre drilled and should be eyed up to the batons before drilling.
We also suggest that you use bronze / copper nails or stainless steel ring shank nails to secure the tiles as mild steel will react with the tannin’s in the wood.