Cedar Shakes

Installation, Repairs & Maintenance

Wood shingle "Shakes" are a classic, natural roofing alternative. Variations in cut of wood, color, and thickness mean that a shake roof is truly unique. Cedar is a durable, beautiful wood that weathers well and adds some insulation value. Properly installed shakes provide long lasting weather protection and a rustic aesthetic look, though they require more maintenance than other roofing systems. A well-maintained cedar shake roof can last for many years.

What is cedar shake roofing?

Typically made from Western Red Cedar or Alaskan Yellow Cedar and manufactured in the United States, cedar shake is a naturally beautiful wood-based / wood shake roofing option that gracefully ages with your home. Cedar shakes are not to be confused with cedar shingles - the two terms are often used interchangeably, but there is an evident difference between them. Cedar shingles are smoother and with a uniform look that spans the entire roof surface, but shakes have a more rugged look, with each piece looking slightly different than the other. While shingles are created using machinery for a smooth look, shakes are still made by hand in many cases.

Benefits of cedar shake roofing


  1. Beautiful Curb Appeal
  2. Long Lasting Roofing Materials
  3. Weather Resistant Wood Shakes
  4. Energy Efficient
  5. Light Weight Roofing System
  6. Environmentally Friendly

Cedar is a long-lasting roofing material, lasting at least 10 years longer than common roofing materials like asphalt, with an average life expectancy of approximately 20 years. Cedar shakes are resistant to strong winds for lasting durability in weather conditions like hurricanes, heavy rains, hail storms, and snowstorms. These energy-efficient roofing materials provide a natural insulation up to twice that of traditional asphalt shingles, allowing homeowners to save on energy costs. Cedar weighs up to 75% less than other common roofing materials, limiting the risk of structural failures caused by heavy roofing materials. Cedar shakes are also an environmentally-friendly roofing option - wood is a renewable resource, and the forest industry always replaces what it removes.

Types of cedar shake shingles


  1. Hand Split Cedar Shake
  2. Tapersawn Cedar Shake

There is a wide variety of possible cuts, colors, and thicknesses of cedar shakes, allowing for a cedar shake roof that is truly unique. There are two types of cedar shake roofs: hand split and tapersawn. Hand split cedar shakes are ideal for achieving a rustic look due to their rough and textured appearance. Tapersawn cedar shakes offer a more distinguished and tailored look because they are sawn on both sides while continuing to maintain a rugged look. Cedar roofing shakes are available in widths ranging from 3 to 8 inches, with lengths varying between 18 and 24 inches. Cedar shakes can be chosen in a wide variety of colors, with the coloring being enhanced by selecting from a range of stains that give your roof a beautiful color while allowing the real cedar's natural gain and texture to remain visible.

Cedar shake roofing installation

Proper cedar shake roofing installation can mean the difference between a roof that lasts several decades and a roof that needs consistent repairs, so it is important to find an experienced roofing contractor that can properly install the shakes. Our company has licensed and qualified professionals who are experienced in installing and repairing cedar shake roofs, so your roof will always be in good hands with us.

Cedar shake roofing cost

Cedar shake roofing is one of the most expensive roofing options, but it is a high-quality, long-lasting roofing material, making it a worthy investment for many homeowners. The cost can range from $6.50-$11.00 per square foot, with the average total cost for installation on a 3,000-square-foot roof amounting to around $19,000.

Cedar shake maintenance

Cedar shakes require more maintenance than many other roofing systems, but a well-maintained cedar shake roof can last for many years and just about all roof types need some type of care to ensure their performance. Cedar shake roofs require regular maintenance to prevent the growth of moss, mold, and mildew, but there are treatment preservatives that can be added to the cedar during the manufacturing process to prevent this growth and to preserve the wood.

Cedar shake roof repairs

It's always important to keep your roof in good repair, as damaged cedar shakes can cause issues down the line. Our qualified roofing contractors can provide regular roof inspections and immediately replace any damaged cedar shakes.

Information on Cedar Shake Roofing

While cedar shake roofing is one of the most expensive roofing options, it is one of the most durable, making it a great investment for homeowners who desire a roof that will last for decades. Homeowners who choose cedar shake roofing marvel at its natural, rustic beauty and its ability to withstand a variety of natural conditions. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any further questions about cedar shake roofing or if you are interested in a free quote on our cedar shake roof installation or repairs.