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Roof Shakes and Shingles Comparison

While many people use it interchangeably, roof shingles and shakes are not the same.

Generally, a shingle is sawn on both sides and is thinner at the end. A shake is typically split on one or 2 sides. Shakes are still made by hand, but most can also now be manufactured using power equipment

Other differences can be seen with it's fabrication. Shingles have cross grain due to the cutting since it is sawn. Shakes, which is split, follow the grain more closely. Shingles are also more uniform than shakes.


Wooden shingles are less expensive than wooden shakes. Asphalt roofing are generally less expensive than wood.

Wood Shakes are thicker than wood shingles. Wood Shingles are thinner than wood shakes. They are sawn smooth on both sides and cut tapered and have a more tailored appearance. They can also be used for both roofing and sidewalls.

For any roofing questions or repair needs, contact us at R&C Roofing Contractors for a no obligation roof inspection. With over 50 years of combined roofing experience, our team can help inspect and repair your roof and help keep you safe!


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