Cedar shakes are thicker and rougher than shingles and have a strong, rustic appeal.
These thick-cut, Eastern white cedar shakes are the ideal material for long-lasting outdoor siding or roofing. Cedar contains natural oils that offer an exceptional resistance against, mould, decay, and insects. This is a natural alternative to chemically treated woods, or synthetic materials, that can be toxic and age poorly.
Traditional cedar shakes can be left unfinished, and they will age gently and beautifully. With a silvery grey hue, cedar shingle siding will retain its old world charm for many years.
The life of the wood can be extended by combining with a water-based Reactive Wood Stain or a linseed oil treatment such as Pure Linseed Oil Paint or Pine Tar to give a beautiful finish that lasts - with little long-term maintenance and no peeling!
Notes on finishes
Reactive wood stains can be applied any time.
Test the moisture content of air-dried (green) shingles before applying any linseed oil preservation treatment, since it can be possible that it is above the recommended 14% threshold for our linseed oil based materials. If the moisture content is too high before hanging, then install the shingles, allow them dry in place, and apply the preservation material at a later time.
Available in two grades
Grade A shakes for roofing, with some minor defects such as small knots. No black knots in critical areas.
Grade B shakes for siding, with more defects and knots including the odd black knot. Usually more narrows in a bundle.
- Air-dried (green) shakes typically retain more of the wood's natural, protective resin.
- Very good thermal insulating and acoustic properties.
- Made from a renewable resource.
- Each bundle covers about 25 SQFT of area, with a 10-inch shingle reveal.
Shingle Thickness: 7⁄8 of an inch (~ 22 mm) at the butt.
Shingle Length: 24 inches (~ 61 cm).
Shingle Width: from 3 to 10 inches (~ 7.5 to 35.5 cm).