Cedar is attractive, and it comes in multiple color variations. It is very durable and strong.
The most obvious features that distinguish cedar shakes and cedar shingles from each other are their unique visual characteristics. Cedar shingles provide your roof with a more tailored look, while cedar shakes supply a more rugged appearance. Shingles and shakes can be used on sidewalls as well as roofs and come in varying lengths, usually 16, 18, or 24 inches and in random widths. Both can be applied directly over some existing roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles or a previous layer of wood shingles.
Cedar Shingles or Cedar Shakes
Cedar shakes are split from wood blocks; they are less uniform in thickness than shingles, are sometimes grooved, and often have little taper. Shakes may be split and then sawn to provide taper as well as a relatively flat side. Cedar shakes have a rustic appearance. Within the cedar shakes category, hand-split and taper-sawn cedar shakes are the two options. The hand-split shake has a rough outside and creates a more rustic effect. The taper-sawn shake is sawn on both sides and retains the thickness and strength of a shake while remaining closer to the texture and tailored appearance of a shingle. Taper-sawing means the shake is cut so it’s slightly thicker at one end.
The most important property to consider when buying cedar shingles and cedar shakes is durability, and its resistance to decay. Some woods, such as the red cedar, have natural durability and that makes it the most regularly used wood for shingles. Cedar roofing shakes and shingles also provide excellent insulation as a roofing material.
Benefits of Cedar Roofs:
Attractiveness and Appearance
Cedar roofs perform well in extreme temperatures and in areas where wind, water, and ice are prevalent.