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Are Cedar Shakes from NSW Slate Roofing the Right Choice for Your Roof?

Cedar shakes are one of the most durable roofing materials on the market in Sydney. They’re long-lasting, uniquely appealing, and come in a variety of colours and finishes. Here at NSW Slate Roofing, we pride ourselves on giving our customers the finest quality roofing materials along with superior installation techniques. We also aim to keep our prices competitive and affordable. While our competitors may use the terms ‘cedar shingles’ and ‘cedar shakes’ interchangeably, our experienced roofing contractors at NSW Slate Roofing want you to know the difference between the two so you can choose the right roofing material and look for your home.

difference between cedar shingles and cedar shakes

The distinction comes down to the look and the manufacturing process of the two roofing materials. A cedar shingle is sawn on both sides. It is thinner at the butt than a shake. A shake, on the other hand, is usually split on one or both sides. Shakes are manufactured by hand, too. But, most manufacturers use powered equipment to cut the shakes nowadays.

Since a cedar shingle is sawn, it will show cross graining due to the cutting process. But a cedar shake, since it is split, will follow the grain more closely than a cedar shingle. So basically, cedar shingles have a more uniform appearance than cedar shakes.

Cedar Shakes Roof by NSW Slate Roofing Sydney
Cedar Shakes Roof by NSW Slate Roofing Sydney

What does this difference mean for your roof installation?

A roof is one of the most significant home improvement projects you’ll take on as a homeowner. It’s important that you get the material and the look you want for your roof. If you’re impressed with the pros of a cedar roof, then knowing the difference between shakes and shingles is really for the benefit of appearances. If you want your roof to have a more uniform, sleek appearance, you’ll want a cedar shingle roof. But, if you prefer the timeless, rustic and rough-hewn look, then you’ll want to go with a cedar shake roof, instead.

Why choose a cedar roof in the first place?

Cedar is one of the toughest, hardest woods on earth. And a cedar roof will give you immeasurable benefits.

  • Cedar is naturally mold, insect, UV, moisture, and moss resistant.
  • A professionally installed cedar roof is incredibly durable.
  • Cedar roofs resist severe wind, storm, and hail damage.
  • Properly maintained and treated, your cedar roof will last up to 50 years.
  • Saves on energy costs
  • Resist damages from freezing temperatures, such as cracking, cupping, and splitting.

When you choose to invest in a cedar roof from us, you have the added benefit of knowing that our materials are some of the highest quality on the market. We only install blue label western red cedar, some of the most attractive and durable cedar subspecies available. Blue label cedar shingles are also the highest quality shingles available on the market. When you choose a cedar roof from NSW Slate Roofing, you know you’ll be getting a high-quality, attractive roof that will add value to your home.

We offer our customers a variety of different finishes and stains to choose from. You can select from paler, flesh-coloured tones, all the way to deep and rich brown, red shades for your cedar roof. Over time, cedar naturally ages to a distinct, silvery-grey hue. And silvery-gray is a beautiful accompaniment to any style or colour home.

Cedar Shakes Roof by NSW Slate Roofing Sydney

NSW Slate Roofing Sydney can offer you a range of cedar roofing solutions and will be happy to provide you with a full consultation on what product may best suit your needs.

Customer satisfaction is our number one priority.

Your home is one of the most significant investments you’ll make in your lifetime. With a cedar shingle or shake roof from us, we guarantee your satisfaction and a high-quality install. Are you ready to experience the appeal of a cedar roof? Contact us today for your no-obligation quote. We’ll thoroughly inspect your roof and give you a competitive, transparent price for your cedar roof install. All of our roofing contractors are licensed and insured. Not only do we work with the finest cedar materials, we only contract with highly skilled and dedicated roofing specialists in the Sydney area.

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