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Cedar Shake vs. Cedar Shingle Roofing Material – Pros & Cons To Help You Decide

Posted by Northface Construction  - Owner & Founder

No matter which type of roof you choose, there are pros and cons to using each material. Cedar roofing is no different. However, as one of the more high-quality choices for roofing material, cedar offers plenty of advantages over disadvantages — depending on your individual situation, of course. Once you have decided on a cedar roof, you need to pick a side on the cedar shake vs cedar shingle debate, which we hope to answer in this post.

Before installing a cedar roof, take into account your climate, location, surroundings, shade/exposure, commitment to maintenance and, obviously, your budget. So, if you’re wondering what the pros and cons are of cedar shake roofs, here’s a resource that will help.

Let’s begin by exploring the different types of cedar roofs there are.

cedar shake vs cedar shingle roof options
Courtesy of Roofing Cladding & Insulation Magazine (RCI)

What’s the Difference Between Cedar Shake and Cedar Shingle roofs?

When used in installation or repairs, cedar roofs can come in the form of either a shake or shingle. Shakes offer a more traditional, rough-hewn style, as they’ve been around for centuries, whereas shingles can be identified by their uniformity and even taper.

According to non-profit advocate, Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau,  there are a few more differences between the two roof materials. In general, a shingle is sawn on both sides and is thinner at the butt than a shake. A shake is typically split on one or both sides. There are important exceptions to this, (for example, tapersawn shakes are shakes with both sides sawn) depending on the specific manufacturing method and the dimensions of a specific product.

So what are the advantages and disadvantages of the two different roofing materials? Let’s continue.

Cedar Shakes: Pros and Cons

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Cons

Cedar Shingles: Pros and Cons

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Cons

Ready to Get Started On Your Cedar Roof?

Contact Northface Construction today! We’re the number-one provider of cedar roofing services in the greater Twin Cities area. With a strong commitment to providing personalized experiences, quality craftsmanship and reasonable prices on our roofing services, you’ll find a partner in Northface Construction. Get in touch with one of our dedicated service representatives now to see how we can help you.

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