Understanding Cedar Shakes and Shingles

Cedar Shakes vs Shingles

Choosing the best roof for your home can be challenging, especially when deciding between cedar shakes and shingles. Understanding the differences and benefits of each can help you make an informed decision.

The Difference Between Cedar Shakes and Shingles

Cedar Shingles are thinner and smoother than shakes, as they are sawn on both sides. They are versatile, used for both roofing and sidewalls, and come in four grades:

  • #1 Grade: Made from the heartwood of the cedar tree, these shingles have straight grains and no defects.
  • #2 Grade: These include some sapwood and are used for re-roofing, walls/siding, and as a starter course for roofs.
  • #3 Grade: These have defects like knots and waves and are best for garden sheds, outbuildings, and gazebos.
  • Under-coursing: A utility grade used only for the under-coursing of double-coursed sidewalls.

Cedar Shakes have a rough, natural appearance because they are hand-split. They come in three sub-types:

  • Heavy Split & Resawn: Sawn smooth on the back with a rustic face, available in thicknesses from 3/4″ to 1 1/4″+.
  • Medium Split and Resawn: Similar to Heavy Split but thinner, offering a more textured roof appearance.
  • Tapersawn Shake: Thicker than shingles, these shakes provide a tailored look with a distinct shadow line.

Grain Types in Cedar Shakes

  • Flat Grain: Cut parallel to the tree’s growth rings, these are less stable and more prone to warping and splitting.
  • Slash Grain: Cut perpendicular to the tree rings at an angle, unsuitable for roofing due to severe warping.
  • Edge Grain: The best quality shakes, cut perpendicular to the tree rings, minimizing distortion and providing superior insulation and hail resistance. Premium 100% Edge Grain is the top tier, offering the best performance and aesthetics.

Choosing the Best Product

For the best roofing results, look for contractors who use #1 Grade Shingles and Edge Grain Shakes. Companies like The Cedar Cleaners use Premium 100% Edge Grain for their superior quality and longevity. Insurance policies typically cover repairs with similar quality materials, but upgrading to Premium 100% Edge Grain Shakes or Grade A Shingles can enhance your roof’s durability and appearance.

Finding a Reliable Contractor

To ensure you get the best roofing service, ask potential contractors the following questions:

  • Are you state licensed?
  • Do you specialize in Cedar Roofing and accessories?
  • Can you provide client addresses in my area?
  • Do you offer a manufacturer’s warranty?

Choosing a reputable contractor who specializes in high-quality cedar roofing ensures you get a durable, beautiful roof that stands the test of time. For more information and a free roof inspection, contact The Cedar Cleaners today!