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What You Should Know

Wood shakes are a type of wood shingle that is hand-cut from cedar, or other sustainable wood sources. Despite modern roofing materials being readily available, there are still many homeowners that would prefer a rustic, handmade look and choose wood shakes/wood shingles.

High-grade wood shake roofs typically last over 20 years, with proper roof maintenance, conducted every two to four years. 

Wood shakes come in two main varieties - hand split and re-sawn and taper sawn. Hand split and re-sawn shakes have a sawn backside and a rugged face. The rugged face results from a natural split along the grain of the wood. Taper sawn shakes come sawn on both sides for a smoother, more tailored appearance. 

Benefits of Wood Shake Roofs

Wood shake roofs are surprisingly resilient against extreme weather weather conditions, and with the average shake being thicker than the usual metal or asphalt shingle roofing, it also has superior impact resistance - even better than most roofing types. 

Homeowners who factor in sustainability in their choice of building material will be glad to know that wood shingles are an environmentally sound choice, as they're sourced from natural, renewable resources. Also, wood shakes are 100% biodegradable and can be reused for anything. Effects of sun and moisture on wood shakes can be prevented with regular maintenance. 


Wood shake roofs require regular maintenance to prevent debris from accumulating. Debris will retain moisture that allows the growth of wood-destroying fungi to thrive. This kind of maintenance will require one to climb on the roof to wash off the debris, such as leaves and small branches, and it is recommended to call your trusted Houston or Dallas Keystone Contracting Group, Inc. team to help assist in the maintenance of your roof. 

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