Cedar Shakes and Wood Shingles
CALIFORNIA REDWOOD, WESTERN RED CEDAR, CYPRESS, SPRUCE, AND PINE ARE ALL USED FOR CEDAR SHAKES AND WOOD SHINGLES.
The wood used on roofs is considered either shakes or shingles. Shakes are split from logs and often left that way to retain the textured rough-hawn effect. A wood shake is very recognizable by its thick butt end.
Wood shingles are made by taking a wood shake and producing a completely uniform product by sawing on both sides.
Cedar is the most popular wood used for shakes, and Southern Yellow Pine is a close second. Both wood shakes and shingles are pressure treated with fire and chemical preservatives.
The appearance of a natural wood roof is hard to beat, especially if you are going for a traditional look. Along with the natural beauty, Cedar Shakes and shingles are proven to have a high impact resistance rating and have been tested to withstand wind speeds upward of 245 mph.