Cedar shakes and shingles have been used for roof coverings for hundreds of years. In fact, no other roofing material is imitated more often than cedar. Cedar shakes and shingles have long been the choice for discerning homeowners, builders, and architects seeking to enhance the beauty and value of any home. Furthermore, unlike some synthetic or manufactured roofing products, cedar brings an element of natural warmth and charm to both residential and commercial buildings.
However, the benefits of cedar extend far beyond the aesthetic qualities inherent in shakes and shingles. In fact, the choice of cedar shakes or shingles is an environmentally sound one. Cedar is a fully renewable resource and, as a result of concerted reforestation efforts, cedar reserves are increasing every year. Cedar products also require less energy to produce than most roofing products and are fully biodegradable.
Although natural beauty and environmental friendliness are important aspects of any roof covering, performance is the ultimate test by which many people measure a roofing system. In fact, cedar shakes and shingles are among the most durable roofing products available for your home. Cedar roofs are extremely resilient to hail and can withstand winds of over 130 mph. Cedar shakes and shingles also offer a higher insulating value than most roof coverings and are easy to maintain and repair. Furthermore, cedar roof products can be factory pressure treated to prevent the growth of moss and fungus or fire treated to meet any building code requirement. When quality shakes or shingles are installed properly they can last for upwards of 30 years.
Cedar shakes are a popular choice for many architectural designs and styles. Due to their thickness and texture, shakes are often used to achieve a rustic and natural look. However, it is not uncommon to see cedar shakes on even the most modern of buildings. Cedar shingles are thinner than shakes and produce a crisp and uniform appearance. Cedar shingles are also a popular selection for siding applications.
|Double A Tapersawn
Thanks to a leap in technology, Anglo American Cedar Products is now able to produce the smoothest tapersawn shakes available anywhere in thickness of 5/8″ to 1½”. Our new computer guided bandsaws eliminate circular grooves on the faces and the thick/thin variations inherent in traditional sawing methods. The result is a 100% edge grain shake which is highly resistant to cupping and curling and lays down smoother than any other wood product on the market. In fact, when we’re so convinced of the lasting nature of these shakes that we’ve given them a 50 year limited warranty!
Handsplit share are split with the natural grain of the wood and have a highly textured surface. They are produced in four types: Handsplit-and-Resawn, Straight-split, Tapersplit and Tapersawn. Lengths are 18 inch (455mm) and 24 inch (610mm).
|No. 1 Handsplit-and-Resawn Shakes
These shakes have split faces and sawn backs. Cedar logs are first cut into desired lengths. Blanks or boards of proper thickness are split and then run diagonally through a bandsaw to produce two tapered shakes from each blank. Thicker and heavier through the butt than other shakes.
|No. 1 Tapersplit Shakes
Produced largely by hand, using a sharp-bladed steel froe and a wooden mallet. A natural taper is achieved by reversing the block, end-for-end, with each split. Straight-split shakes are produced by splitting from the same end of the block.
Shingles are sawn both sides, have a relatively smooth face and back and are produced in four grades and three lengths: No.1 (Blue Label), No.2 (Red Label), No.3 (Black Label) and No.4 or Undercoursing in lengths of 16 inch (405mm) Five X; 18 inch (455mm) Perfections; and 24 inch (610mm) Royals.
Our Cedar roofing professionals are experienced and knowledgeable, and our client care staff can provide expert advice on the best ways to go about repairing or replacing the cedar roof on your home.
Watch below to see the process of how wood shingles are created!
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