Cedar Roofing Company

Lake Forest, IL   847-247-4400

CEDAR SHAKES AND SHINGLES
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CEDAR

Cedar shakes and shingles have a special warmth and elegance, an architectural look that states classic quality, taste and timelessness.  Aside from their aesthetic value, products are lightweight, as well as wind and impact resistant.  Western Red Cedar withstands serious freeze/thaw cycles and its natural oils resist decay.  Cedar is one of the only renewable roofing products on the market today.  A truly green product that has a high R value to keep youe house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  All of our cedar products are approved by the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau.  Additionally, all of our cedar products can be treated to retard either moss or fire .

When deciding on which type of cedar would be great for your roof, you can choose between a few different cuts of wood and two different colors.  The cedar can be hand split, tapersawn, cut into perfections, or perfect shake and comes in either Western Red Cedar or Alaskan Yellow Cedar .  The main difference between the two other than color is that the Alaskan Yellow is heavier and more dense than the Western Red.  See below for descriptions of the different cuts of cedar.


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Hand Split
These shakes have split faces and sawn backs.  This style of shake is the most popular and gives a textured look that can't be duplicated by imitation products.

Medium

Heavy

Medium shakes are made from Premium Grade Western red Cedar with a length of 18" and thickness of 1/2"
Heavy shakes are made from Number 1 Grade Western red Cedar with a length of 24" and thickness of 3/4"

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Tapersawn
These shakes are sawn on both sides.  Premium grade is the most common, this will insure the product is 100% edge grain, 100% clear, and 100% heartwood.  These shakes are for people that want a smooth uniform look on the roof but still have some thickness to the shake.  These shakes come at a length of either 18" (7.5" exposure) or 24" (10" exposure) and with a thickness of either 5/8" or 7/8"
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Perfections
This type of smooth sawn, architechurally uniform cedar shingle is preferred for its natural and tailored appearance and is used on traditional, modern, and non-residential structures.  This product is used on roofs and sidewalls.  These shingles have a length of 18" (5.5" exposure) and a thickness of 3/8"
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Perfect Shake
This product has the rough surface of a hand-split cedar shake, but its appearance is cleaner and more uniform.  The cedar used for this product is 100% edge grain with perfect uniformity in thickness, giving that uniform look that many customers desire.  Additionally, perfect shake takes 20% less time to install due to is uniformity.
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