Cedar Shake Roofing

Cedar Shake Roofing

For many homeowners, aesthetics are a major factor when selecting the type of roof for their home. When it comes to visual appeal, cedar shake is king. This style of roof has been used for centuries not only for its reliability, but also, for its beauty. Unlike other styles of roofing material, cedar shakes can become more beautiful as they age, adding graceful character to any home. If you are looking to add major value to your property while creating an eye-catching show-stopper, a cedar shake roof is right for you.

The Benefits of Cedar Shake Roofing

When choosing the right roofing style, it is important to weigh all of your options and find the best fit for you and your home or business. To help in your decision making, we have put together a list of benefits to cedar shake roofing below. Take some time to think about what matters most to you and use these details to make an informed decision. If you have any questions or would like to know more about cedar shake roofs, contact us!


Cedar shake roofs are known for their beauty. So much so, that many manufacturers have worked to simulate cedar shake with other materials to try and mimic the gorgeous aesthetic of the wood.


Cedar shake is a lightweight addition to your home ensuring less pressure on the frame and foundation of your roof.

Environmentally Friendly

Cedar shake is a lightweight addition to your home ensuring less pressure on the frame and foundation of your roof.


Cedar shingles insulate the attic and allow the house to breathe by circulating air immediately underneath. Cedar shingles will reduce energy costs more than any other type of roofing material.

What is a Shake Shingle?

The words “shake” and “shingle” are often used interchangeably or together, but really, there is no such thing as a “shake shingle.” When considering a wooden roof, there are three main product types to consider:  hand-split or re-sawn shake, a shingle, and a taper-sawn shake. The differences in these products lie in the way the piece of wood is cut to create the wooded roofing material. Our trusted wood roofing material supplier, Certi-Label, has helped us break it down:

Certi-Label Shake and Shingle Options

1-Certi-Split handsplit

Certi-Split® Handsplit and Resawn Shake:

Split face exposed with a naturally rustic appearance, saw on back

Most common are 18″ & 24″ lengths

Butt thickness ranges from 3/8″ to 1″ plus

Certigrade® Shingle

Sawn on both sides for a tailored appearance

Available in 16″ Fivex , 18″ Perfection or 24″ Royal lengths

Butt thickness is gauged using a stack of shingles to meet the proper measurement

Certi-Sawn® Tapersawn Shake

Sawn on both sides for a semi-textured look with a stronger shadowline than a shingle

Most common are 18″ and 24″ lengths

Butt thickness ranges from 5/8″ to 7/8″

We Only Work with the Best

When it comes to cedar shakes, there are several important factors to look for when choosing the right brand. Because we’ve been in the business for two decades and have installed thousands of roofs, we’ve had the time and opportunity to evaluate the best products on the market and have found the most reliable, beautiful, and long-lasting cedar shakes available. We’ve done the work so you don’t have to – read on to learn more about our trusted supplier and why we’ve chosen to work with Certi-label Cedar Shake Shingles.

A History of Excellence

As we have mentioned, cedar shake roofing has a long-standing history in the US. Over 100 years to be exact! Because Big Fish Contracting believes in providing the best work, with the best materials, we work with Certi-Label Cedar Shake materials that are backed by the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau. See what guides us below:

On June 9, 1915, at a meeting of the Trustees of the West Coast Lumber Manufacturers Association, it was agreed to establish a branch of the association to serve those members who manufactured shingles. Our influence grew, and as we survived both the Great Depression and World War II, manufacturers continued their quality commitment. In 1963 the organization merged with the Handsplit Shake Bureau to become the Red Cedar Shingle & Handsplit Shake Bureau. Manufacturers’ product lines continued to broaden and, in 1988, the members changed the organization’s name to the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau . In the late 1980s, mill quality control inspections were subcontracted to independent, third party quality control agencies. Today, the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau represents (“CSSB”) over 200 member manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, brokers, retailers, installers and other industry associates. It is known as ‘the recognized authority since 1915.’

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