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The two main kinds of cedar wood used in crafting roofing systems are red cedar and white cedar. Red cedar is the higher priced of the two because of its extremely high quality, a key factor when considering cedar wood for the roofing or siding of your home. That’s why we’re partial to Western red cedar shingles and shakes. Besides its strength and longevity, Western red cedar wood is naturally resistant to rot and insect damage, can withstand varying temperatures and climates, and contains tannic acid, a natural preservative.

Cedar shingles, which are sawn from wood blocks, are available in two types: sawn and sanded. Sawn cedar shingles are made to look like cedar shakes, but are more tailored in appearance. They’re ideal for homeowners who want a more sophisticated rustic look. Sanded cedar shingles are smoother on both sides than traditional cedar shingles and are preferred by homeowners looking for a more refined appearance to their roof. 
Cedar shakes and shingles are available in variations of thickness, widths and lengths to achieve a desired look. For homeowners looking for a unique, handcrafted look, we recommend cedar shakes because they offer the most size options. Because cedar roofing shakes are milled differently than cedar shingles, they are available in widths ranging from three to eight inches and lengths between 18 and 24 inches.
Whether you choose red or white cedar, cedar roofing provides an attractive natural look, even as it ages. But the coloring of cedar shingles and cedar shakes can be enhanced by selecting from a wide range of stains that give your roof a different color effect while still allowing the wood’s natural grain and texture to be visible.

Because of the meticulous way they are crafted, cedar wood shingles and shakes provide homeowners with customized roofing options to match what they are looking for in a roof. This pure craftsmanship is the reason why a cedar roof looks so perfect on the home it crowns. To learn more about the versatile roofing options cedar wood offers, contact us for a free


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If you are looking for a roofing system that will not only protect your home from the elements but also provide a natural look, Wood Shake Shingles are the perfect complement. With the natural ability to transform your home makes this product very popular among homeowners. Shake shingle roofs once were one of the few types available. Today it’s a premium product and can cost the homeowner more to install on your home than more common asphalt shingles.

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Architects choose shake shingle roofs for their beauty and natural appearance to blend in with the surrounding environment. Wood Shake roofing shingles provide an aesthetically pleasing organic look to your home that is striking on first glance. The strength and beauty of cedar shake shingles make for visually versatile, natural, value-enhancing roofing options for your property. When wood is exposed to the effects of sunlight and precipitation, its surface starts to change. This change is physical and chemical, and is cumulatively referred to as weathering.

One of the greatest advantages of cedar is its natural beauty and also the how it gracefully ages into a stellar grayish silver tone. This first change in color is somewhat rapid, occurring during the first year of exposure. Gradually, the silver gray will change to a darker, more graphite gray, indicating the colonization of the surface by micro fungi that complete the weathering process.

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Cedar is long-lasting, thus making it ideal as a roofing material. Cedar typically lasts longer than 10 years or longer than other common roofing material. Cedar wood shingles and shakes are resistant to very strong winds and are also extremely durable in snowstorms, hail storms, heavy rains, and even hurricanes. Cedar shake shingles are highly resistant to insect damage and UV ray damage. Being so energy efficient and providing a natural insulation up to two times that of most asphalt shingles, allows you to conserve home cooling and heating expenses significantly lowering energy bills. Properly installed cedar shakes shingles provide long lasting weather protection and a rustic look to your home


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In the past, wooden shingle roofs were common in early North America. The Colonial Revival and demand for Craftsman Style houses in the mid 20th century heightened the demand for the use of wood as a roofing material. Many distinctive shingle patterns exist in many regions denoted by their differing shape, size, and application. Treatments such as combed ridges, swept valleys, and decorative patterns impart an aesthetically unique character to each building. Most wood shingle and shake roofs are made from western red cedar that has exceptional properties, dimensional stability, defect-free straight grain, low weight, impenetrability to fluids, and decay resistance that is derived from natural substances found within the wood.

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However, cedar shakes can require slightly more maintenance than other modern roofing material. Cedar shake shingles are thin, tapered pieces of wood used to cover buildings and homes roofs, always protecting them from the harshest of elements and weather. Size and shapes of the wood shakes varied with regional trade practices and experience of local craftsmen. Wood shingles are treated with paint or oils to improve durability in harsh climates.

The use of wood shingles in roofing declined during the late 19th and the early 20th century as fire hazards caused building codes to become stricter. These building codes caused roofers to use wood much less often. In more rural areas, wood shingles have always been and still are a very popular roofing material due to the natural abundance of wood and its aesthetic beauty.

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