Wood Shake Installation & Repair

Wooden shakes are, perhaps, the most proven roofing material that you’ll find above your head. After all, folks have been utilizing wood shakes for centuries to protect their roofs. It’s a great roofing material for its look, and it is moderately durable. However, there are numerous other benefits, as well as some cons, to weigh when considering wood shake roofing. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of wood shake roofing…

The Benefits of Wooden Shakes

Wood shakes are more durable than asphalt shingles (the most popular shingle type), and they could outlast asphalt shingles by five years or more (however, there are longer lasting roofing materials than wood shakes, including metal roofingslate, and slate composite roofs).

Wood shingles are considered environmentally friendly, since they’re sourced from a renewable resource.

Another plus: Wooden shakes are beautiful; people love the natural look of wood and the warmth it provides their home. Read more about the wood shake aesthetic below.

Weighing the Cons

Wooden shakes are flammable, and they’re susceptible to damage from sources that won’t harm other roofing materials. For instance, wooden shakes can get infested by insects, or they may be attacked by mold and mildew. As such, your wooden shakes may require more attention than most roofing materials, and you may have to replace affected shakes at some point in your roof’s lifetime.

Wood shakes are more susceptible to split as well, since they may have imperfections due to the grain of the wood.

Wood shakes are also a bit more expensive than asphalt shingles, although they’re less costly than slate roofs.


If your home has a natural look, wood shakes will work well on your roof. Wood shakes pair well with stone and brick homes, as well as homes painted with natural colors. Like slate, as far as aesthetics go, wood shakes are beautiful, regardless of the application.

However, it’s important to consider that shakes change in appearance as they age. Cedar shakes start with a glowing red-orange color. Over time, however, your shakes will fade to a grey-brown. That said, some homeowners prefer the aged look of old wood shakes. If you do have to replace shingles, take note that new shingles will have a different hue than their surrounding shingles.

Count on Red Dog’s Roofing

Here at Red Dog’s we take pride in building the best roofs you can find here in and around Fitchburg. With over 50 years of legacy behind the Red Dog name, we bring expertise to the table that you won’t find anywhere else. That means unbeatable customer service, efficient and safe builds, and an unbeatable final product. We’re also a Owens Corning™ Preferred Contractor, which means that you can rest assured that your roof is constructed to meet the highest standards in the industry. Plus, we’re licensed and insured, and that means peace of mind for our clients. Learn more about our full list of roofing services, and schedule an appointment if you’re ready to get started!