Because of their fine, straight grain texture, exceptional decay resistance and unique ability to weather to a consistent silvery grey, Alaskan Yellow Cedar sidewall shingles are becoming increasingly popular. Alaskan Yellow Cedar shingles are packaged and graded to the same grades, standards and specifications as Western Red Cedar shingles and finishing is not generally recommended due to the abundance of oils, however they can be treated with a preservative to extend their life.
For accenting interior or exterior walls, windows, gables and entries, fancy cut Western Red Cedar Shingles in both 3" and 4-15/16" widths are a favorite among architects, designers, builders and homeowners.
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Materials, Grades and Specifications
A roof made from Western Red Cedar or Alaska Yellow Cedar shakes has long been perceived as top quality and a very popular choice on homes and commercial buildings designed to blend well to the natural surroundings.
Generally, shakes are split straight or on an angle from a block of Cedar, either by hand or by using power equipment, which exposes at least one highly textured natural grain surface and are generally thicker than Shingles, which are sawn.
Shakes can be used on roofs with a minimum 4/12 pitch and should be installed using nails or staples that are rust resistant. Pre-manufactured caps for hips and ridges, as well as factory applied fire and/or pressure treatments are available to save time on the jobsite and extend the life of your roof.
Besides the beauty they provide, Cedar shakes also offer a very high insulation value.
Grades and Specifications