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Definition

A rugged flat piece of wooden construction material with at least one grain-split face, generally made of either redwood or cedar, laid in a series of overlapping rows and used to cover the outside of roofs and walls to protect against weather damage and leaks.

Things you need to know

Shakes are manufactured to be more irregular than shingles, so they don't lay as flat on the roof when installed. A layer of felt is typically used to block wind-blown precipitation from damaging a shake roof. With the exception of tapersawn shakes, shakes are typically split on one or both sides. Most types of shake are treated to prevent mold, moss, and mildew. Shakes are generally more durable than asphalt shingles.

Cost Considerations

Shake roofs are generally more expensive than asphalt shingles. A 10x10 ft. square generally runs around $300.

Costs vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.