The Difference between Cedar Shakes and Cedar Shingles

Many people use the terms “cedar shakes” and “cedar shingles” interchangeably. While it is true that the differences between the two are not as apparent today as they were fifty years ago, they are two different roofing materials. This is the topic of an article published by Ecoshel entitled The Difference Between Cedar Shakes and Shingles.

Some differences mentioned in the article include:

  • Cedar shingles have a more refined and classic appearance than shakes.
  • Cedar shingles are adaptable to a wider range of styles than shakes.
  • Cedar shakes provide a more irregular, rustic appearance than cedar shingles.
  • Though today’s shakes are made by machines, they are designed to look like hand-split shakes.
  • Cedar shakes are thicker than cedar shingles.
  • Cedar shakes do not lie as flat as shingles which may create gaps that can be penetrated by wind and water so a layer of felt paper is required.

You can learn more by reading the full article here.

Whether you have cedar shakes or shingles in mind for your Chicagoland home, you can count on the professionals at Baltic Home Improvements to provide quality installation services. We offer a variety of wood shake and shingle roof options. Contact us today to schedule a free evaluation of your new roof installation job. 

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