Hand-Split Shake

Definition

Wood shakes used for siding or roofing. They have the natural texture of hand-split wood rather than being perfectly smooth like sawn wood.

Things you need to know

Shake roofs provide twice as much insulation as asphalt roofs, which makes them energy efficient. However, they don't last as long as other types of roofs, so plan to replace at least some of the shakes every five to ten years.