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Shake Roofing

By Karen Lawson
Shake Roofing

Whether you're looking to complete the project yourself or you're trying to hire a roofing contractor, you have many decisions to make. Just starting to look at all the information regarding roofing can give you a headache. There are materials to choose and new terminologies to learn. A couple of those new words are "shingle" and "shake." At first, it's difficult to tell the difference between them. But really, there's little difference.

What are roofing shakes?

A roofing shake is made out of wood, although it can be crafted from many varieties. While shingles are smooth, roofing shakes are split, and they have a natural texture on at least one side, according to Bear Creek Lumbar. The word shake is also used to denote a "rough" roofing material, according to dictionary.com.

What are roofing shingles?

Roofing shingles have a wider definition than shakes. A shingle can be made out of a material other than wood. For instance, the most popular kind of roofing is asphalt shingles. Shingles also come in metal and clay varieties. When it comes to a wood shingles, these are smooth instead of textured.

When you're looking for roofing materials, it's common for some people to use the words "shake" and "shingle" synonymously. The only time that this becomes of great importance is when you are actually purchasing your roofing materials. Then, you want to make sure you know what you are getting, and that the roofing shakes or shingles are of the material, durability, and design you want and need. This is why it is important to discuss your choices clearly with your contractor. Making sure you both are on the same page is necessary on all levels of the project. Examine the products before they are purchased and when they are delivered to avoid problems.

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