Cedar Roofing FAQs

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Cedar Roofing Questions

What is the difference between a shake and a shingle?
How are cedar shakes and shingles manufactured?
What is the lifespan of a cedar roof?
How much will it cost for a new cedar roof?
How wind resistant are shakes and shingles?
Where can I find more cedar roofing information?
What is the difference between a shake and a shingle?

Cedar Roofing Answers

What is the difference between a shake and a shingle?

A shingle is sawn on both sides and is thinner at the butt than a shake. A shake is usually thicker and is typically split on one or both sides. Shingles are more precisely milled than shakes and provide a more refined appearance. Shakes provide a more irregular, rustic appearance. Functionally, the most important difference between shakes and shingles is that shingles are milled more precisely than shakes allowing them to lay flat.

How are cedar shakes and shingles manufactured?

Shingles are sawn on both sides from a block of cedar. Cedar shingles are generally manufactured using a stationary upright saw. The cedar block is moved through the path of the saw creating angled cuts with each stroke. After being cut from the block the shingles are then trimmed to create square corners. Shakes are still manufactured by hand and are split straight from the block. The shakes are then sawn end to end at an angle creating a shake that is sawn on one side and split at the other.

What is the lifespan of a cedar roof?

The life expectancy of a cedar roof will depend on many factors. Some of these factors include age, environment, quality of installation and care and maintenance. The average lifespan of a cedar roof is approximately 30-40 years. Climate, exposure and proximity to salt water may also affect the longevity of a cedar roof. It is recommended that you investigate the lifespan of cedar roofs in your area. Generally the lifespan of a shake roof is slightly longer.

How much will it cost for a cedar roof?

The cost of a new cedar roof can be quite expensive and will depend on factors such as size and shape of the roof and availability of the product. It is recommended that you contact a local roofing professional for current pricing on new cedar roofing.

How wind resistant are cedar roofs?

Cedar roofs are naturally wind and weather resistant. Cedar shakes and shingles have long been tested, and approved, as being highly resistant to wind and weather damage. Cedar roofs are also very resistant to hail and ice damage.

Where can I find more cedar roofing information?

The Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau promotes and protects the common interests of its members involved in quality cedar shake and shingle roofing and sidewall businesses. Find them by searching ‘cedar bureau’ online.

S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows installs cedar roofing on homes throughout Maryland and Virginia. For more cedar roofing information, call us 866-836-7663.