Cedar Shakes & Cedar Shingles

Cedar Shake Installation Done Right by Titan Roofing


What Are Cedar Shakes and Cedar Shingles?

Today, there are almost limitless styles of roofing from which to choose. These include traditional asphalt shingling, metal roofing, and tile roofing, just to name a few. However, there are two types of cedar roofing that more and more homeowners are finding appealing. These are cedar shake roofing and cedar shingling, each offering a signature look and feel all its own. Millers split these shakes or shingles from logs and often leave them with a natural, textured look. Both cedar shakes and cedar shingles can be made from cypress, California redwood, spruce, and different types of pine. Cedar shakes typically have a thick butt end that provides a rustic, countryside aesthetic, while cedar shingles are more tailored-looking.

Cedar roofing is a sturdy but lightweight option that is also eco-friendly. Although not the cheapest roofing material on the market, it will make up for its cost with durability and charm. If these characteristics are at the top of your list, then a cedar shake roof may be the roof of your dreams. Titan Roofing offers both cedar shakes and cedar shingles. Although made from the same material, there is one key distinction. While cedar shakes come in unique shapes that differ in thickness and width, cedar shingles are cut at the same width and thickness throughout.

What Makes Cedar Shakes and Shingles Such Attractive Options?

Homeowners choose cedar roofing for a variety of reasons. These may include one or more of the following:

  • Has a rustic appearance that is especially attractive for an older home or building
  • Takes on an appealing silver-grey appearance as it ages
  • Comes in a multitude of colors, including golds, reds, ambers, and browns
  • Available in a variety of shapes
  • High resistance to the elements, although not quite as high as asphalt shingles
  • Consists of natural preservatives that help it resist insects, moisture, and UV damage
  • Can be pressure-treated for further resistance to fire, fungus, insects, and moss
  • Low-density material that resists shrinkage during humid conditions
  • Natural insulator that will keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer
  • Easy to saw and nail and takes readily to a variety of finishes, including oils, paint, stains, and solid coating
  • A green option that is easy to recycle


Basic Costs of Cedar Shakes and Shingles

With these positive features broken down, it’s time to acknowledge that cedar shakes and shingles aren’t your most budget-friendly roofing option. Asphalt shingling can provide a useful reference.

Wood shakes typically range in cost from $7.50 to $12.50 per square foot, making it run between $750 to $1,250 per 100 square feet. This is the cost of high-grade cedar, which generally run 30% to 50% higher, but provides excellent insulation and high resistance to curling or cupping. In contrast, asphalt shingling will run you from $6.50 to $10.50 per square foot, or $650 to $1,050 per 100 square feet.

Other Considerations with Cedar Shake or Shingle Installation

  • If your roofers have to install on a steep incline or around an abundance of obstructive features (chimneys, vents, etc.), the cost of installation will most likely cost more. This is also true of other roofing materials.
  • You want roofers who have certain skills that are necessary for working with wooden shakes, like the experts at Titan Roofing. It’s essential that they understand the types of grain and fastening required to do the job properly.
  • You may need to pay local fees or have a building permit, which can cost between $400 and $1,700. This may be the case if you’re taking on a major rebuild, such as a full roof replacement, or you’re adding a room or building.


5 Step Cedar Shake and Shingle Roofing Installation Process

Installation of an underlayment of spaced sheathing that allows the cedar shakes or shingles to breathe and protects against water damage. The Titan team will install inward from the eaves and flashing using rustproof nails.

We will ensure proper spacing and lining up of joints and offset between the rows of shakes or shingles. This more effectively insulates the roof and makes it more durable.

We will then deal with roof features, such as vents and chimneys.

To achieve proper coverage, we will also work with roof walls and valleys.

Finally, we will clean up the area, removing all our mess and debris and hauling it away.