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Cedar Shakes vs. Cedar Shingles

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Cedar shakes and shingles are two popular roofing options, but many people aren’t sure what the difference is between the two. While they may look similar, some key differences between the two can affect their performance and longevity.

Mid-Atlantic Roofing Supply is a major supplier of top-quality cedar shakes and shingles for residential construction applications across the United States. Our team can help contractors and area builder supply stores know more about choosing the best cedar shingles and shakes for their clients.

Let’s dive deeper into the differences and benefits of these two similar roofing materials.

What are Cedar Shakes?

Cedar shakes are thicker than shingles and have a more rustic, textured appearance. They are typically split by hand from the wood and have a rougher surface. One of the main benefits of cedar shakes is their durability. The shakes’ thickness means they can withstand severe weather conditions, including heavy rain, wind and hail. Cedar shakes are also naturally resistant to insects and decay, which can help extend their lifespan.

What are Cedar Shingles?

Cedar shingles are sawn from the wood and have a smoother, more uniform appearance. They are also more lightweight and easier to install. Cedar shingles are often less expensive than cedar shakes, making them a popular choice for homeowners who want the look of cedar but are on a stricter budget. However, because they are thinner than shakes, they may not last as long and may require more maintenance over time.

Shakes vs. Shingles

When it comes to choosing between cedar shakes and shingles, it comes down to personal preference and the specific needs of your home-building project. Both shakes and shingles can be installed on roofs or as siding on walls and come in treated or non-treated types, with hand-split, taper-sawn, taper-split or straight-split cuts.

Homes built in areas with harsh weather conditions or homeowners who want a more rustic look may prefer cedar shakes. However, builders looking for a more affordable and easier-to-install option may prefer cedar shingles instead.

Wholesale Cedar Shake Siding Shingles

Mid-Atlantic Roofing Supply sources a wide selection of cedar shake shingles and siding for all kinds of residential applications. Many home designs can accommodate cedar shake siding and shingles in various forms, and more local area home builders and contractors are gaining proficiency at installing them. We source top-quality cedar shingles and shakes at wholesale pricing, including types like:

  • Fire Treated Shakes or Shingles
  • CCA Treated Shakes or Shingles
  • Untreated Shakes or Shingles
  • Pre-finished Shakes or Shingles
  • Unpainted Shakes or Shingles
  • Fancy Cut Shingles

Mid-Atlantic Roofing Supply can also provide valuable assistance with financing, product selection, ordering and more for contractors and local area builder supply stores. We also offer a signature Delivery Promise – We will deliver what you order when and where it is needed to keep your projects on time and on budget. Our locally owned and operated distribution centers across eight states can quickly source small and large orders.

Contact us about becoming your reliable roofing supply partner for materials, accessories, knowledge and more.

Posted on behalf of Mid-Atlantic Roofing Supply

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