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Wood Shake and Wood Shingles

Updated: Aug 15, 2023


Wood shakes or Wood shingles are a natural and attractive option for roofing material. They are usually made from cedar, redwood, pine, or cypress wood. They have a rustic and elegant appearance that can enhance the curb appeal of your home. Wood shakes or shingles are durable and can last up to 50 years with proper maintenance. They are also resistant to wind, hail, and fire (if treated). However, they are also expensive and require more installation labor than other types of roofing materials. Wood shake or shingle roofs that are not properly maintained can be susceptible to rotting, splitting, warping, and insect infestation.


To maintain wood shakes or shingles, you should inspect your roof regularly for signs of damage or decay. It is important to have your roof regularly cleaned of any moss, algae, or fungus growth and should have your shake or shingles treated with a preservative or stain every few years to prevent moisture absorption and UV damage. As with any type of shingle roof, replacing damaged or missing shakes or shingles as soon as possible will extend the lifetime of your roof.


What is the difference between a shake and a shingle?

Shingles have a smooth finish and are machine manufactured for a uniform appearance. Shake has a rougher texture and finish, with a hand spit appearance.


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