Wood shakes and wood shingles are manufactured from western red cedar trees. Shakes are split from logs and reshaped by manufacturers for commercial use. They are thicker at the butt end than shingles; generally one or both surfaces are split to obtain a textured effect. A split and resawn shake has a split face and sawn back. A taper sawn shake has a natural taper and is sawn on both sides. Wood shingles are sawn on both sides and have an even taper and uniform thickness.
Cedar shakes and cedar shingles are available pressure treated with fire retardants and chemical preservatives for increased fire resistance and to prevent premature rot and decay in some climates.
- Handsplit Shakes –
Western Red Cedar Handsplit/Resawn (HS/RS) Shakes have been used as a first choice roofing material in North America and other parts of the world for over a century. Naturally hand-split then re-sawn, this will provide both a flat lying roof and a rustic appearance to further compliment your project.
- Tapersawn Shakes –
Western Red Cedar Tapersawn Shakes are sawn on both sides giving it a look similar to a sawn shingle but with a thicker appearance, Tapersawn Shakes are known for their smooth uniform imposing look providing an exceptional looking roof.
Western Red Cedar Ridge-cap can be Handsplit/resawn (specialty), Tapersawn or shingle type. All Ridge cap is made from existing cedar shakes or shingles. Ridge-cap is the final complement to a Cedar roof.
Cedar Roofing and Siding products need minimal maintenance aside from the usual practices associated with good house keeping. Keeping it clean and free from debris, in itself will prolong the life of the project. Specialized cleaning should be only be undertaken by professionals who may use certain cleaning chemicals to enhance the look of the project. Keeping branches and shrubs away is also good practice as this will minimize dirt and eliminate fungi growth. For roofs, it is important to keep overhanging branches away as well as periodically removing leaves, as it needs to breathe. Western Red Cedar contains natural preservatives that resist moisture, decay and insect damage. These natural preservatives are toxic to decay causing fungi. To give roofing products total protection against moss and fungi, CCA treatment is available prior to installation. Individual pieces can be replaced quite easily without affecting the performance or look of the project as the natural qualities of cedar have remained consistent for centuries.