The terms “shakes” and “shingles” are used interchangeably when referring to wood roofing, yet there are enough differences that make them distinct from one another. Roof replacement expert Storm Master Construction and Roofing shares the key differences between wood shakes and shingles.
Wood shakes are traditionally made by hand-splitting wood planks, resulting in small irregularities that create a distinctively rustic look. Shakes can be thicker than one inch, which creates a raised “shadow profile” that most laminated or “dimensional” asphalt shingle designs are based on.
The added thickness gives wood shakes better resistance against damage from airborne debris or fallen tree branches, and is less likely to require extensive roof repair after a storm hits. Wood shakes also have better insulation, which helps reduce indoor cooling requirements during hot days.
Wood shingles are thinner than shakes and typically have a smooth and uniform look. In contrast to the hand-cut wood shakes, wood shingles are machine-cut from a block of wood. Its uniform and slim profile is ideal for replacing existing asphalt shingle roofs, as the roof structure won’t require additional support to accommodate the change in weight.
Choosing Wood Roofing
As long as you have a structurally sound roof structure with sufficient insulation and decking, choosing between wood shakes or shingles is a matter of preference. The main advantage of both is that the natural wood look can’t be replicated with any other roofing material.
The first thing you should ask roofing contractors is whether they’re offering treated wood for their wood shakes or shingles. Untreated wood is practically raw wood and vulnerable to the effects of moisture, heat and UV rays. Also, wood roofing requires more diligent maintenance compared to asphalt shingles, but with the right care, wood roofing can last up to 50 years.
To learn more about wood shakes and shingles, call Storm Master Construction and Roofing today at (817) 717-5348. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation quote. We serve Flower Mound, TX and surrounding areas.