Wood shingles are thin, tapered pieces of wood primarily used to cover roofs and walls of buildings to protect them from the weather. Historically shingles were split from straight grained, knot free bolts of wood. Today shingles are mostly made by being cut which distinguishes them from shakes which are made by being split out of a bolt. 

In North America shakes are typically made from California redwood and Western Red Cedar, shakes are usually made in 24-inch lengths - the most common, 18-inch barn shake, or even 48-inch shakes, which are typically used for siding. 

Distinctive shingle patterns exist in various regions created by the size, shape, and application method. Special treatments such as swept valleys, combed ridges, decorative butt ends, and decorative patterns impart a special character to each building.

Why Choose Cedar? We get this question all the time and we have a couple reasons that people are motivated to moving towards a cedar roof vs. some of the traditional roofing solution. All Cedar Shakes are Biodegradable and Eco Friendly, High Insulation Value they actually insulate 8x better than concrete. Cedar is naturally resistant to moisture, decay and insect damage. Lastly all cedar shakes provide a great aesthetic appeal while providing protection to your home.

Dorsch Roofing is the leading Calgary roofing company that specializes with Cedar shakes and is here to answer any questions and or concerns you may have. Feel free to contact us today with any inquiries.


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