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Wood Shakes and Shingles
Wood Shakes and Shingles

What's the difference between Wood Shakes and Shingles? Which would be best for your particular project? Below you'll find the basics. Look them over, then give us a call today at 1-877-542-3327 so our Wholesale Specialists can answer your specific questions and help you with information and pointers about the best materials for your project.

Wood Shingles are thinner than wood shakes. They are sawn smooth on both sides and cut tapered. They have a tailored appearance and are used for both roofing and sidewalls. Recommended for use on pitches of 3:12 and steeper.

The 3 Shingle Thicknesses and Lengths:
The Fivex (1/4" thick by 16" long); the Perfection (3/8" thick by18" long) and the Royal (1/2" thick by 24" long).

The 4 Shingle Grades:

Packaging: Wood Shingles are packaged four bundles per 100 sq. ft. Undercoursing comes in a 4-bundle square and covers 50 linear ft. per bundle.

Wood Shakes and Shingles

Cut perpendicular to the tree rings. The highest quality and most stable cut, least likely to split or distort over time.
Flatgrain: Cut parallel to the tree's growth rings. Less stable than edgegrain, but better than slashgrain.
Slashgrain: Cut perpendicular to the tree rings, but at an angle. Most likely to split or distort over time.

Wood Shakes are thicker than Wood Shingles. There are two main types: (1) handsplit and resawn and (2) tapersawn. Handsplit and resawn shakes have the split face exposed with a naturally rustic appearance, and are sawn on the back. Tapersawn wood shakes are sawn on both sides for a semi-textured look with a stronger shadowline than a wood shingle. Used for both roofing and sidewalls. Recommended for use on pitches of 4:12 and steeper. All Wood Shakes are cut from clear heartwood with no defects.

Wood Shake Types

Packaging: Shakes are packaged five bundles per 100 sq. ft.

Get the Cedar Bureau's downloadable PDF for Wood Shakes and Shingles roof installation or wall installation manuals. It is now recommended that stainless steel nails be used for the installation of all wood shakes and shingles.


Wood Shakes and Shingles - Fancy-Butt Cedar ShinglesFancy-butt shingles like those at left. These dramatic shingles come in a wide variety of shapes and are great for decorative accents.

Hip & ridge units: These labor-saving caps for hips and ridges are pre-manufactured and save you time and labor. Shingle ridge covers 16.5 linear ft. per bundle; tapersawn ridge covers 16.7 linear ft. per bundle.

Cedar Breather by Benjamin Obdyke: The easiest and fastest way to create an air space between your wood roof and a solid roof deck. Allows you house to breathe, and improves the insulation your roof can provide. Allow two rolls per square.

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