Wood shakes are another popular roofing material, especially in areas where there is a high risk of hail or wind damage. Though they are very durable and highly weather-resistant, they’re also more expensive compared to other materials.
The most common woods that shakes are made from are cedar, redwood, spruce, or pine. Since the shakes are typically hand-split, you usually wind up with a rougher texture and finish compared to that of a wood shingle.
Though wood shingles are made from the same woods, they are usually less expensive. Depending on your preference, some people prefer wood shingles over shakes on account that the shingles are precision machine-cut and provide for a smoother, tapered, uniform, and crisper look.
If you’re interested in either wood shakes or wood shingles, it’s important to understand each of the varieties we offer and decide which works best for your home.