Real Wood or Shake Shingles

Traditionally, shakes were defined as split-wood shingles or split-log shingles.  However, now “shakes” is somewhat of an all-encompassing term for any type of wooden shingle.

Wood shingles and shakes are made from cedar, redwood, southern pine and other woods; their natural look is popular in California, the Northwest and parts of the Midwest. Wood shingles are machine sawn; shakes are handmade and rougher looking.

A point to consider: Some local building codes limit the use of wood shingles and shakes because of concerns about fire resistance. Many wood shingles and shakes only have Class C fire ratings or no ratings at all. However, Class A fire ratings are available for certain wood shingle products that incorporate a factory-applied, fire-resistant treatment.

Regardless of how they’re cut, all shake and wooden shingles possess a strong reputation for being a natural high-quality roofing material that will withstand the harshest of elements.  These basic wooden shingles gives roofs an old country-cottage appeal.