Wood Shingle or Shake Roofing

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Wood-shingled roofs were one of the first roofing types used in North America. Many of the first settlers in the United States chose wood shingles because they were lightweight, made with simple tools and easily installed. For many years, wood shingles were the most popular roofing type on bungalows, ranches and contemporary homes. One of the main reasons why wood shingles have become less popular is because of the risk associated with fire. Another reason is that as we become a greener, more environmentally friendly world, the idea of chopping down so many trees has become less attractive. With that said, there are those who still choose wood roofing as its natural beauty is hard to replace and because it does have some benefits.

The term “shake” is often used when referring to wood shingles. A shake is a wooden shingle made from split logs. A popular shake choice is the rough-surface shake, which reflects a rustic, historic look, a popular trend these days. Keep in mind that wood roofs have a tendency to rot, split and grow mold and mildew. Make sure you contact a local roofing contractor to help you in your decision.

More Benefits of Wood-Shingled Roofing:

  • One of the most natural looking roofs, especially as it weathers to soft gray
  • Has insulation value
  • Easy to repair or replace
  • Can last 30 + years if well maintained

More Resources

  • Hometips.com: Detailed information about wood shingles, including size and shape options
  • Toolbase.org: Tips for a longer life span for wood shingles
  • Whitecedarshingles.com: Website of one of the largest wood shingle suppliers in the Midwest
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