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Guide to Cedar Shakes and Cedar Shingle Roofing

If you have ever seen pictures or video of old barns and cedar shingles, then you know what a difference they can make. The cedar shingles have an aged look that is hard to reproduce. Look at old western movie theaters with that famous yellow glow and you have cedar shingles! Westerners loved them for their fire and the way they reflected the colors of the sky and the colors of the passing hills. These days they look great in any type of home or landscaping and add a lot to the value of the home.Find additional information at cedar shingles.

Saws and shakes differ primarily in the method of cutting the shingle. Saws are self-cleaning and allow for a smooth and neat appearance. Shingles require stapling and the use of heavy sawing action in order to achieve a professional look. Some builders use stapling and call it grooving but it is not a true grooving process and is actually more like stapling. It results in a roof that appears more like it was built in a factory than it was actually assembled by hand.

There is nothing worse than installing cedar shingles incorrectly because when they grow together they are so tightly together that when you move the panels around it causes a sagging problem. On the other hand asphalt shingled roofs are much easier to move around without any weight or pressure on the sides of the shingle. For these reasons, many people choose to use cedar shakes instead of asphalt when installing new roofing materials over a wood frame roof.