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Differences Between Cedar Shakes and Cedar Shingles

Updated: Aug 18, 2021

Deciding on a roof is a huge decision behind owning a home. After all, a roof protects you and your family from dangers such as intense weather, moisture and heat. A roof's main purpose is to cover your home and block out any unwanted conditions. But you also want to be satisfied with its curb appeal.

One of the biggest design features of a roof is your choice of materials and how they work together with the structure. Consumers are left with a choice when it comes to cedar wood and roofing. Should you choose cedar shakes or cedar shingles?

Wood Shakes vs. Wood Shingles

It's crucial to understand that shakes and shingles are not interchangeable terms. A shake typically refers to roofing with a rugged appearance. Shakes are usually made by hand, but they are meant to look different from piece to piece.

Wooden shakes are commonly sawn on one side and left split on the opposite. These materials provide a distinctive look for homes across the entire surface of a roof.

Wooden shingles are mostly manufactured by machines so that each piece looks like the next. Shingles are a much smoother-looking option to the eye and feature two sawn sides for interlocking installation. Wooden shingles are thinner at the ends compared to wooden shakes.

Cedar Shakes vs. Cedar Shingles

A cedar shake won't lay completely flat on a roof. One side of each shake is thicker than the other, so the outward split side will give a rustic appearance to your home. The gaps between various layers is a factor to consider when choosing cedar shakes.

Depending on where you live, it is encouraged that installers place felt lining between the shakes to defend against wind and unwanted moisture. Felt lining accompanies each shake as a second layer of protection for your roof.

Cedar shingles will lay completely flat across your roof for a uniform pattern. Installers do not need additional felt liners for these materials, and shingles can be layered on top of each other for extra roof protection. Cedar shingles can be layered up to three times for an effective weatherproofing system.

Benefits of Cedar Shakes and Shingles

The majority of differences between cedar shakes and shingles relate to their appearance on your home. Homeowners need to decide if they are going for the natural look of shakes or the traditional style of shingles. Regardless of your choice, you can expect the following benefits from both building materials:

  • Durability

  • Excellent Ventilation

  • Long-Lasting (20-25 Years)

  • Choice of Red or White Cedar

  • Increase in Home Value

  • Made From Biodegradable Materials

Selecting cedar shakes or shingles will require regular maintenance for a longer-lasting roof. Luckily, Cedar Roof Coatings is here to serve Fairfield and Westchester counties.

Cedar Roof Coatings for Roof Maintenance

Cedar roofs that are cared for become less expensive over time than some other options. Cedar Roof Coatings wants to help keep your cedar shakes and shingles in great condition with our maintenance services. We help extend the life of your roof with the following:

  • Complete Roof Inspections

  • Pressure Wash Treatments

  • Roof Cleaning and Treating

  • Preservation Programs

Cedar Roof Coatings will save you money by maintaining your current roof for a whole new sense of curb appeal and level of homeowner satisfaction. If you live in Fairfield or Westchester counties, contact Cedar Roof Coatings today for your free estimate.

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