cedar roofing

Find Out Why So Many Homeowners Choose Cedar


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Dwight’s Roofing in Edmonton specializes in cedar roofing, including cedar shakes and shingles. If you are looking for Expert Cedar Roofers in Edmonton, consult our team of professionals! Cedar shingles and Cedar shakes are two different roofing solutions, although both are cedar. Here is a quick guide to Cedar Shakes vs. Cedar Shingles.

Cedar shingles or shakes come in many grades and cuts; Blue, Red, and Black labels distinguish them. Our knowledgeable staff can assist you in choosing which product is best for your roof.

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Cedar split shakes have a split face exposure on one side, giving them a more rustic appearance. They are smooth on the back, providing their weatherproofing value. Cedar shakes make your roof look more rustic without compromising its integrity. They can make your house stand out if you want a more rustic look.

Tapersawn Cedar shakes are also available. This option offers a more elegant, contemporary look than Cedar split shakes. 

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    Cedar shingles are smooth on both sides, giving them a more tailored appearance. They create a uniform look on your roof and provide excellent protection from the elements. Cedar shingles have many advantages, including lifespan, appearance, insulation, and environmental friendliness. They are installed with less exposure than conventional shingles; thus, they last 40-50 years versus 25-30 years.

    Cedar split shakes are an interesting and unique type of roofing material. They consist of cedar wood hand-split into two equal parts along the grain, creating an aesthetically pleasing look with its rustic, textured appearance. While more expensive than other roof coverings, their long life expectancy, strength, and insulating ability make them a worthwhile investment for homeowners looking for a high-quality, distinctive finish to their property. Cedar split shakes are also much less likely to attract mould and algae due to the tight splits in the boards.

    There is also a Tapersawn shake, a hybrid of shingles and split shakes. Like a shingle, both faces and edges are sawn, giving the Tapersawn a uniform appearance. Thicker than shingles, the Tapersawn shake has a more significant shadow line on the roof. Tapersawn shakes are cut on a shingle saw, but they are called shakes because of their size and thickness.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    How do you maintain a cedar roof?

    We recommend inspection and maintenance 12 years after installation and every 5 years after to maintain proper function and prevent moisture damage or deterioration. Chemical treatments are typically used on Cedar material to improve moisture resistance. Regular maintenance of your cedar roof will help ensure it reaches its lifespan of 30 years.

    Why should I consider a cedar roof?

    Cedar roofs look beautiful. Cedar shingles or shakes are more energy-efficient and provide twice the insulation as asphalt shingles. They are more durable in extreme weather and storms, resulting in fewer emergency repairs.


    Cedar Shingles 

    Shingles are larger than shakes and more precisely cut. They are rectangular, generally anywhere from 16 to 24 inches long, about 3 to 4 inches wide, and up to 0.4 of an inch (sometimes 1/2 inch) thick. Circular saws cut rectangular slices from a block of cedar wood. Each pass of the saw creates a tapered cut of uniform thickness. Another saw is used to trim the edges and remove any irregularities. This process works to produce a shingle tapered on all sides. Shingles provide a more even, uniform appearance because they are more precisely milled than shakes.

    Cedar Shakes

    Shakes are smaller, thicker, and less refined than shingles. They range from 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thick and provide a more irregular, uneven, rustic look. Shakes are made by splitting chunks from a log and then shaping them into blocks. A hydraulic press then cuts the shake blocks, which are blanks. In the old days, roofers split the shakes by hand. Shakes are smoother on the underside and more split and “worn” looking on the upper surface.


    Based on the fact that shakes are more irregular, compared with the precisely milled shingles, they don’t lay as flat when installed on a roof. This unevenness can provide a stunning textured look but leave tiny gaps in the design, making it susceptible to wind-blown rain, snow, and debris penetration. Installers will place felt paper between the shakes to protect against the weather. Shakes generally get installed in 2 layers. Meanwhile, shingles sit flatter and even; thus, they never need felt paper. They get installed in a pattern that ensures three overlapping layers cover the entire roof.


    The grade of cedar shingles varies as follows:

    The highest grade is called a Number 1 Blue Label, the highest grade of shingles for roofs. They are constructed of 100% heartwood with 100% clear and edge grain. Heartwood is the older, harder central wood of a tree that is usually darker, denser, less porous, and more durable than the surrounding sapwood of the tree. Sapwood is the tree’s younger, softer outer portion that is more porous, less durable and lighter in colour than heartwood.

    Number 2 Red Label cedar shingle grade is suitable for many applications, but flat grain and limited sapwood are in this grade. Number 3 Black Label cedar shingles are utility-grade for economy applications and secondary buildings such as sheds, gazebos, and sidewalls.

    Number 1 and premium-grade cedar shakes and shingles are available with preservatives via a pressure treatment process. These grades of cedar shingle include pressure-treated fire retardants.

    Exciting Properties of Cedar Roofs

    Cedar has some fascinating properties as well. Sometimes, in the late summer, a home may experience a leak after the first rain. Then, throughout the whole winter, the leak is never seen again. The change is because when the cedar is dry, it can shrink a little, and at the first rain of the season, the water drips in before the cedar has had a chance to soak in the liquid and swell. When wet, the cedar expands slightly, which can sometimes seal the crack. Cedar is a beautiful natural roof. Many attributes of shingles and shakes come into play when deciding the suitable roofing material for your home.