Shingles and Shakes: What’s the Difference?

If you want to install a wooden roof on your home, you’ve probably heard the terms wood shingles and wood shake shingles. It is common for people to think that they are the same thing. While they are similar, they are definitely not the same roofing material. Regardless of which material you choose to install, Donahue Roofing is here to help with your wood roof installation.

Wood Shingles on a Roof

A Wood Shingle Roof Has a Clean, Patterned Appearance.

Wood Shingles vs. Wood Shake Shingles

The material for these roofing materials is the same. They can be made from a variety of strong woods. The difference comes in the manufacturing process, which produces a different aesthetic. Here is a summary of the main differences between  shingles and shake shingles.

Wood Shake Roof

Wood Shakes Have a More Rugged Appearance.

Wood Shingles
When wood shingles are made, they are cut cleanly on either side with a saw. They are cut very thin with a subtle taper. This makes them easier to install because the shingles lay flat against the roof. The completed roof has a clean, symmetrical appearance.

Wood Shakes
Wood shakes are only cut with a saw on one side. The other side is cut by hand with a mallet and froe. This creates a rough, rugged appearance. Shake shingles are generally thicker than general wood shingles and can cost more to install. Installation is a bit more tricky because the shingles may not lay nicely against the roof.

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If you would like more information about wood shakes or wood shingles, contact our office at (406) 248-5428. We are here to help you understand your roofing options.