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How to Repair Cedar Shingles to Minimize Woodpeckers from Damaging The Same Spot Again


Before implementing different methods to solve my woodpecker problems, I first need to make siding repairs to all the damage my lovely woodpeckers caused.

In order to minimize the possibly of them returning to the same spot, I came up with what I think is a solid solution using asphalt roofing tiles.

Required Materials

  • Bundle of Western Cedar Siding (like this one)
  • Bundle of asphalt siding (you need to buy this locally as it is too heavy to purchase online; any brand is fine as long as it has a decent amount of granules)(
  • 2-3 caulking tubes (I prefer the transparent ones like this one but you can also match it to your siding color)
  • Siding nails

Required Tools

Repair Steps

  • Gently pry nails off from the siding directly above the damaged siding;
  • You want to use this damaged siding as a template for the new siding so carefully wiggle it side-to-side in small increments to minimize breaking it
  • Once 5-6 siding nails are removed (usually 2-3 nails per shingle which means the shingle just above what you are working on has 2-3 nails. These nails secure both shingles), then proceed to remove nails from the damaged siding
  • Use the damaged siding as a template against the new siding; trim off the excess on the new siding using a sharp utility knife;
  • Use the damaged siding as a template against the roofing tab; trim off the excess on the roofing tab;
  • If there are damages to underlayment, either repair or replace it; in my case, I used clear caulking to fill in the holes
  • Carefully slide the roofing tab into place, making sure that granular (stone) side is facing you (this is important to ensure that if a woodpecker starts to peck again, it’s beak will hit against the stones)
  • Place the new cedar siding in place (roofing tile is thin enough so that new cedar shingle will not protrude when compared to existing shingles)
  • Nail in the siding directly above the damaged siding
  • Nail in the replacement siding

By using roofing tabs, I am looking to change the drumming sound to make it less appealing to woodpeckers. If a woodpecker chooses to return and peck the same area, I am hoping that it would encounter the unpleasant stones.

Final Words

*** UPDATE 2016-11-14 *** I am happy to report that my woodpeckers have NOT attacked the same spot with asphalt roofing tiles

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