A shake is a basic wooden shingle that is made from split logs. Shakes have traditionally been used for roofing and siding applications around the world. Higher grade shakes are typically used for roofing purposes, while the lower grades are used for siding purposes. In either situation, properly installed shakes provide long lasting weather protection and a rustic aesthetic, though they require more maintenance than some other more modern weatherproofing systems.
The term shake is sometimes used as a colloquialism for all wood shingles, though shingles are cut rather than split. In North America shakes are typically made from Western Red Cedar while in Scandinavia and Central Europe they are commonly made from pine. There are various types of shakes, the main differentiating feature between shakes and other types of shingles is that shakes are split while most shingles are cut on all sides.
Why should I choose cedar / shake roofing?
Cedar roofing is an environmentally responsible choice. It’s renewable, recyclable and sustainable for generations. It is also an excellent insulator and can withstand extreme temperature changes. Real wood drastically increases curb appeal and gives your home a true “Northwest” look. You can go with the cabin pre-stained look or the modern clear cedar roofing. Lastly, you will be confident to know that cedar roofing is tested more than any other product on the market today to insure it will be a safe, durable covering for your biggest investment.
Cedar Shingle Roofing
Cedar Shingles are a more precisely milled material than shakes. They provide a refined classic appearance and give the home a more uniformed, modern feel. Shingles are sawn from blocks of wood and are tapered with a smooth surface. They are the same thickness all the way through, unless they are custom made.
A Cedar Roof Adds Value
The initial purchase and installation of cedar shingles will cost more than some other types of roofing materials but they will outlast a lot of other materials as well. A cedar roof can also add a substantial return on investment if the home is placed on the market. Most potential homebuyers find a cedar roof to be an attractive selling point, so right from the start a cedar roof adds curb appeal. But whether you plan to put your home on the market or not, a cedar roof is a beautiful addition.
Cedar Shake Roofing
Shake roofing installations provide a natural look that many people find more appealing.
“Cedar Shake Roofs Speak for Themselves.”
While cedar shingles are sawn to have a smooth/uniform surface, cedar shakes have been split from the wood and are less uniform in appearance. They are also thicker and are rough sawn on the top surface.
There are too many options and too much information to list here. Before deciding whether or not a shake roof is best for you, give us a call. We have the knowledge and experience to assist you in making the best decision.