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Wood Shake Roofs Explained

Wood shakes and wood shingles are commonly manufactured from western red cedar, cypress, pine and redwood trees.

Wood Shakes are thicker than wood shingles and are either "handsplit and resawn or "tapersawn".

Tapersawn wood shakes are sawn on both sides for a semi-textured look with a stronger shadow-line than a wood shingle these are used for both roofing and sidewalls. Handsplit and resawn shakes have an exposed split face, have a naturally rustic appearance and are sawn on the back.

Wood Shake Types include heavy split and resawn which are sawn on the backside, while the face is split with the natural grain of the wood. This has a highly textured exposed surface and is the heaviest type of wood shake. Good for homeowner who like a very rugged or rustic appearance.

Medium split and resawn shakes are similar to the heavy split and resawn, but are not as thick or heavy. It results in a very textured roof appearance.

Tapersawn shakes are the most popular type of wood roof. It is sawn on both sides similar to a wood shingle - but thicker. This gives a naturally tailored look of a shingle but with a sharper look of a shake.

For any questions on wood shakes or need roofing repair assistance, call R&C Roofing Contractors for a NO OBLIGATION ROOF INSPECTION. Our roof inspections are completed by a HAAG Engineering Certified Roof Inspector (ID #20140814). Our reports are complete and very credible in the roofing industry because of our extensive training and countless inspections to determine weather damages. R&C Roofing Contractors can help you inspect your roof as well as perform high quality repairs to ensure that it is in good condition.


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