The foundation for our business: Respect.

Our company approach and philosophy can be summed up in a single word: respect. Respect for the wood we use. Respect for the homes we build. And, of course, respect for the people living in those homes.

If you have questions about your home, we'd be happy to offer a complimentary consultation.

If quality construction, attention
to detail, liking and being able
to talk to the crew is important
to you, then Marin County
Sidewall is the one to choose.
 
— Garth Bixler, Petaluma
 
People think that doing shingles is like doing a roof, but it's not. Roofing is about stapling composition materials. Shingling is woodworking: cutting, spacing and hand nailing each piece to create a particular pattern. And Marin County Sidewall is the best.
 
- Tony Gaetani, President
Gaetani Construction, Sausalito
 
The MCS crew was superior to any other building company I've ever dealt with. They came on
time, were easy to talk to, and
cleaned up the site every day.
Even when they had to work in
the rain, they never complained.
They were delightful through the
entire process. I would not hes-
itate to recommend them one iota.
 
- Melodie Duke, Principal
C&M Designs, San Francisco
 
I think it's a special challenge to work while the owners in the house. In our case, even more so: our baby was just seven-months old! Peter and the Marin County Sidewall crew were really understanding. They not only did a great job, but they were exceptionally considerate.
 
- Brandee Marckmann, San Francisco
 
The Journal of Light Construction
 
Top 10 Things You Need 
to Know About Sidewall Shingling
 
We've used many contractors, and there's usually a big difference between what they offered and what they delivered. Marin County Sidewall was the big exception. They did exactly what they said they would do, communicating with us all the way along. Even better, the job came in right at what they estimated it! I would be so happy if every contractor we worked with was like them!
 
- Veronica Harris, Mill Valley
 
We live on Mt. Tam. Houses like ours were not exactly well-built. So if you're patching your shingles, and you don't look at the sheathing underneath, you're just wasting your money, because you're going to have the same problems three or four years later.

Marin County Sidewall was the one contractor we spoke to who talked to us about doing things right. Since they replaced our shingles and the sheathing beneath them, we know our house is in better shape now than when it was built. Plus, we don't have to worry about having the same problems in the future.

 
- Steven Katz, Larkspur
 
We hired Marin County Sidewall to re-shingle a 3,000 square foot house. As contractors, we were very pleased at how easy the MCS team was to work with. And, the client has told us several times that they´re absolutely ecstatic with the results. The next time we have a shingling job, MCS will definitely be at the top of our list.
 
- Ali Kovacs, Project Manager
Dijeau Poage Construction, Inc.
Philosophy

The wood

We use top grade red cedar shingles, sourced from the Northwest, almost exclusively. In addition to being responsibly harvested, red cedar offers superior longevity, consistency in appearance and natural resistance to insects.
The homes

No matter if it is a simple bungalow or a highly-decorated Victorian. Every shingled home has its own character — and its particular challenges. Before we begin a job, we spend considerable time getting to know the home's history, and understanding it's requirements. Whether we're doing a small repair, or sidewalling the entire home for the first time, we want to make sure our work will last the lifetime of the home.

The people

There's no way to get around it: shingling a home involves making a lot of noise. We haven't found a way to sound-proof our site, but we do everything else we can to minimize our intrusion. That means giving our clients a schedule, and sticking to it. Making sure our worksite straight and clean at the end of every day. And, keeping in close communication with our clients throughout the job, so that everyone walks away happy.

Diamond Certified

We're proud that our clients responses average 9.7 out of 10 on the Diamond Certified ratings dashboard. And, we're always doing our best to improve.

For a complimentary consultation, contact Marin County Sidewall 707-778-8858

Approach

Taking the time to do it right.

Three things contribute to a successful shingling job:

  • The client's vision
  • The home's needs
  • The contractor's expertise

We give plenty of time and attention to all three.

Here are some things you should know before you hire a sidewall shingling contractor.

The client's vision

Our first step is to meet for a complimentary consultation; get a scope of the work and the information we need to provide an accurate proposal.

Expect us to be asking plenty of questions at that first visit.We'll want to know what you know about the home's history, and any issues or particular concerns you have.

The home's needs

Every home is different. To make sure the shingling job we do for you lasts a lifetime, we'll be considering everything that influences your home's integrity. Weather exposure. Water drainage. Planting. The age of the home. And, of course, we'll want to get a clear idea from you about how you'd like it to look.

The contractor's expertise

After 35 years of sidewall shingling, there are few firms who can match our longevity. And, because our current crew has been working together for almost a decade, we can guarantee our efficiency and effectiveness as well as our result.

There are many more technical aspects to shingling than meet the eye. To get a deeper understanding of exactly what we do, read our article published in the Journal of Light Construction.

What You Need To Know

Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Sidewall Shingling

Print article.

1. Roofing and sidewall shingling are two different skills.

Shingles are most commonly used on roofs. So, it's natural to think that a roofer can also do sidewall shingling. Not so. Roofing and sidewall shingling are two different trades, and require very different skills. Roofing is a skill. Sidewall shingling is a craft. Hire a roofer to do your roof. Hire a sidewall shingler to shingle the sides of your home.

2. Find out if your contractor is licensed to do the work.
Installing sidewall shingles correctly is a more complex process than it may appear. To make sure your job is done to code, the state of California mandates that only General Contractors, Framers, Carpenters, and those contractors holding the Sidewall Shingling license may legally install sidewall shingles. Make sure the people you hire are licensed to do the work.

3. The shingler should spend time getting to know you and your home.
Estimating shingling isn't just about the adding up the number of square feet. There are also patterns, finishes and trims to consider. Exposure. Trouble spots. Plus your concerns. An experienced shingler will want to find out all he can up front, both to give you an accurate estimate of time and cost, and to make sure you have a clear idea of what will be involved in completing your job. Your shingler will be working on your home for some time. Make sure you're comfortable with your working relationship from the get-go.

4. Investing a little more now could save you a bundle later.
There is no question: sidewall shingling a home is a significant expense. And getting the best price is everyone's concern. But don't cut corners on your shingling. Done correctly, sidewall shingles will protect a home for decades, looking beautiful even as they age. On the other hand, a bad shingling job can expose your home to weather and water damage, which may not be evident until real harm is done. Hiring a general laborer to do a sidewall shingler's job may save money initially; but the long term cost of repairs can far outweigh that advantage, and end up costing much more time, energy and money.

5. If your shingler doesn't recommend Western red cedar, ask why not.
The tight, straight grain of Western red cedar offers superior performance and durability, takes stains well, and offers a beautiful result. In addition, its oils offer natural resistance to insects. If your shingler suggests using another type of wood, make sure you ask for their reasons why, and understand the difference it will make in your shingles’ looks and longevity.

6. Know what kind of shingles you're getting.
When it comes to shingles, there is a clear and visible difference between "good," "better" and "best." For uniformity, you want to make sure your shingler is using premium grade shingles. A lesser grade of wood may look better on your bottom line; but you won't be happy with the way it looks on your home.

7. Know what to expect from your shingles' performance.
Extractives -- tannins, oils, resins -- are what give Western red cedar its beautiful aroma and its natural resistance to pests. Extractive bleeding can occur when the wood is exposed to water, leaving "tea stains" on the wood. This is a natural process, and one you should expect. If you'd rather your shingles not go through this natural weathering, ask your shingler about treating your shingles with a stain-blocking finish.

8. Sidewall shingling is a great green choice.
Here's what forest ecologist Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, says about using shingles: "When it comes to building materials, wood is the only material that is renewable. Steel, concrete, plastic, and aluminum are all non-renewable resources; and in particular require a lot more energy and emit a lot more greenhouse gasses in their manufacturing. So far as an environmentally friendly building product, wood is the clear leader. One of the most sustainable things about western red cedar is that when it is harvested, virtually 100% of it goes either to lumber, shakes & shingles, pulp & paper, or energy into mills that make these products. One of the great things about choosing shakes & shingles is that it makes you part of the renewable cycle using a product that is designed by Mother Nature."

9. Shingles are fire-safe.
Cedar shingles can be impregnated with fire-retardant that allows them to resist burning even under extraordinary conditions. Every situation is different, but chances are good you can have the shingled home you want without exposing your home to increased fire risk.

10. Experience matters.
Finally, and most importantly, when it comes to shingling, experience matters. Shingling is like putting the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together — and each one has to fit perfectly. Since each home is different, what works for one home may not work for another. It takes years of doing many different kinds of homes to reach the level of master shingler. Make sure the shinglers you choose are masters in their craft.