Wood shake roofs are a great option for homeowners in NJ. Thicker than wood shingles, wood shakes come in 2 main varieties: hand-split and resawn, and taper-sawn. Hand-split and resawn wood shakes have a rustic character with a country appeal. Split and then re-sawn cedar shakes are sawn on the backside while the faces of the Shake are split along the natural grain of the wood. This process gives the cedar wood a highly textured surface and looks great on chalets, modern country villas, or an ocean-side retreat. Tapersawn Shakes are a type of hybrid shake/shingle that combines the density of a shake with the sawn surface of a shingle. A tapersawn shake is sawn on both sides and has an established taper to give it a semi-textured appearance with a prominent shadow line.
New Jersey Wood Shake Types
Heavy-Split and Resawn Shakes:
The backside of these wood shakes is sawn, whereas the face is split with the natural grain of the wood. They have a highly textured front surface that is visible. With a very rough or rustic appearance, this is the heaviest type of wood shake. Available thicknesses for these NJ wood shakes are 3/4″, 7/8″, 1″, and 1 1/4″+.
Medium-Split and Resawn Shakes:
Medium split and resawn wood shakes are like heavy split and resawn shakes, but not as robust. It creates a roof with a rough, textured appearance. The thicknesses are 1/2″ and 5/8″.
Tapersawn wood shakes are sawn on both sides like wood shingle, only thicker. This type of shake has a more natural appearance of shingle with the sharper shadow-line of a shake due to the thickness of the butt. It’s the most widespread type of wood roof. Available thicknesses are 5/8, 7/8, and 1 inch.