Easy Ways to Tell the Difference Between Shake and Shingle

For many homeowners who choose to update the look of their home with vinyl siding, the next step is to take a look at the roof. When it comes to creating the perfect roof for your home, you have quite a few options available. If you want your home in the Loganville area to have a more traditional look, one option is to use either shake or shingle. Roofing material is one of a few things to consider before signing the roofing contract terms and conditions. But what is the difference between shake and shingle? Here are a few ways to tell the difference.

How It is Made

If you look carefully, it’s not that difficult to tell the difference between shake and shingle. As a general rule, shingles will have a uniform look that covers the entire surface of your roof. Wood shake, conversely is a bit more rugged, with each piece offering a unique look.

The reason for this difference lies in how they are made. True, both can be made from various types of wood, but that is really where the similarities end. If your home was being built back in the Georgia of 1800s, and you wanted to have shake used on your roof, you, or someone you knew would have to spilt the pieces off a block of wood using a mallet and a sharp blade. Shingles, conversely were usually sawed from the same block. Today, machines do most of the work for shingles, while shake is often still made the old fashioned way. The main difference is the use of power tools versus hand ones.

The Difference is in Dimensions

There is another significant difference between these two type of roofing materials. It may be difficult to tell once they are installed, but shakes are actually quite a bit thicker than shingles. At the butt end of a shake, they can range from ½ to ¾ inches in thickness, while shingles max out at ½ inch, and are usually about 3/8 of an inch.
Each one has a unique look that it can bring to any home, and many homes in the Loganville area that are Colonial, Victorian, or Ranch in style often use shingles to complete the look. In fact, many of the old records and pictures of home featured by the Loganville Historical Society feature homes with shingled roofs. But when it comes to homes with a more cozy or rustic feel, shake makes a wonderful decorative addition.

Differences in Cost

If you’re working on a tight budget, the overall cost of replacing your roof with either shake or shingles is certainly something on your mind. You might be surprised, but shingles are the more budget friendly way to go. To replace an average home in this area of Georgia, you’ll be looking at spending between $15,000 and $25,000 total if you use cedar shake. The same quality cedar shingles, however will only set you back about $12,000 to $20,000. These prices will vary of course. They’ll depend on how complicated and big your roof is, the wood used to make the shingles or shake, and of course the cost of installation.

So how do you determine which choice is right for you? Now that you know how to spot the difference between shake and shingle for your roof, the next step is to talk to a professional roofer about the options, and how to best achieve the roof you want.