Terms of the Trade: Shake vs Shingle

The difference between shakes and shingles goes back to a time when they were created with hand tools instead of machinery, as they are now. A shake is a piece of roofing or siding material that is split from a log (usually cedar) using a mallet and axe, or froe. By contrast, a shingle is sawn from a block of wood. As you can imagine, the shake has a more rustic appearance than the shingle, which is a bit more refined because of the precision taken to create it. A shake is typically thicker than a shingle and usually has grooves in the surface that make it appear more charming and prefect for use on cottage-like homes. Because shingles lack these grooves and are made more precisely than shakes, they tend to perform better at blocking out the elements from the inside of a house.