Corner of a Wood Shingle Roof


Wood shake roofing refers to natural wood roofing materials split from cedar logs. For many homeowners, the beauty and curb appeal of a cedar roof stand out as the number one benefit. Leak Seal Roofing Inc. installs wood shake roofs for their beauty and the various other benefits they provide.

Wood shake roofing is incredibly durable and resistant to strong winds, heavy rains, powerful hailstorms, and blanketing snows. The durability of cedar shake and shingle roofing also makes it a long-lasting roofing system. Wood shake roofs installed by Leak Seal Roofing have a life expectancy of 30 years or more, which is at least 10 years longer than asphalt shingle roofing systems on average.

Another attractive quality of our wood shingle roofing is its enhanced insulation. The natural insulation of wood roofing provides as much as two times that of traditional materials. This helps you become more energy-efficient, maintain comfortable temperatures in your home, and lower your utility costs. When it is time to replace cedar shake roofing, it creates no waste because it can be repurposed in several ways.


Wood roofing materials that Leak Seal Roofing installs come in two types, wood shakes and shingles. While both are made of western red cedar and wedge-shaped, the difference lies in the manufacturing. Wood shingles have sawn ends and are thinner at the butt end than a wood shake. Wood shakes are typically sawn on one side and hand-split on the other side, resulting in shakes being thicker than shingles.

The difference in a wood shake roof vs shingles has less to do with performance than it does appearance. The hand splitting process produces more depth and texture to the look of wood shake roofing. Wood shingles have a more uniform look. Though it usually comes down to a personal preference, Leak Seal Roofing is always happy to help you in the decision-making process.

The significant differences between cedar shakes and shingles are durability and pricing. Because wood shake roof materials are thicker, they are both more costly and durable. The difference in durability is relatively minor, but wood shingles add value to your investment if you are on a tight budget.


While wood shake roofs are incredibly durable, like any roofing system, they will eventually break down. Performing routine maintenance, inspections, and repairs is a proven way to address small issues and extend your wood roof’s life.
If you already have a wood shingle roof, you can look for signs indicating you should contact Leak Seal Roofing to repair or replace damaged wood shakes or shingles. The signs include:

  • Cupping or curling of the shingles
  • Sharp splits or cracks in the cedar shingles
  • Rotting edges of wood shakes
  • Interior leaking and stains

With proper care and maintenance, a wood shake roof can last 50 years before needing replacement. Leak Seal Roofing is committed to providing you with the best long-term solutions and value for your investment. If your roof can be restored or repaired without the need for a replacement, we let you know.


Are you interested in wood shake roofing? As part of Leak Seal Roofing’s commitment to providing you with value and the highest quality roofing services, we offer free estimates and consultations.

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