Shake is a beautiful roofing material. Hand split cedar shingles have been used on homes, churches, and other structures for hundreds of years. However, engineered versions of fake cedar shake have become popular due to the advantages they have over natural wooden shingles. The following is a comparison between polymer shake tiles, the real thing, and other brands of the fake variety:
- Fire resistance: This is the biggest difference between composite and wooden shake. The wooden version has little resistance to fire, whereas composite shake products have Class A fire resistance when installed with special underlayments.
- Wasted product during installation: This is one of the biggest differences between composite shake products and other types of shake. Very few tiles are wasted when using polymer shake because they come in multiple widths that make for less cutting and less waste. In the case of natural products and other brands, the lack of multiple widths results in a lot more tiles that need to be cut and discarded.
- Color blends: The natural wood shake version comes in beautiful colors as one might expect, but sorting has to be done at the job site. With polymer shakes, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes, bundles of products are carefully blended for beautiful, authentic color combinations. This is also the case for other imitation products which also come in only one color per blend.