Rustic Cedar Shake Roof Replacement

Get the Natural Look of Wood with a Cedar Shake Roof Replacement

Replacement Cedar Shake Roofing

Cedar shake is a type of roofing material made from natural wood. The cedar wood is split into thin, irregular strips, known as shakes, which are then used to build a cedar roof. Cedar shake roofs have a unique, natural look that many homeowners find attractive. It is environmentally friendly and known for its durability and resistance to heavy rains, hail damage, high winds, moisture, and rot.

The natural wood is resistant to moss and pests such as insects and fungi, which helps extend the cedar roof’s life. A cedar shake roof is typically more expensive than other roofing materials, but it can last many years with proper maintenance.

Industry-Leading Cedar Shake Roofing Materials

Odyssey Roofing partners with Waldun Forest Products, a leader in manufacturing cedar shake and shingles for over 50 years. Waldun’s environmentally friendly focus is to produce shakes and shingles from end pieces and blocks that would otherwise be wasted in the lumber-making process and fallen trees in the forests. The company is a Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau member and strongly emphasizes quality, service, and affordability.

Odyssey Roofing's Cedar Shake Options

Odyssey Roofing offers a variety of shakes and shingles in different grades and lengths. This includes split, and re-sawn cedar shakes that come in premium and standard grades and tapersawn cedar shakes available in grades one to four. We also offer cedar shingles in lengths and thicknesses to suit your desired roofing style.

Cedar Shake Versus Cedar Shingles

Cedar shingles and cedar shakes are made from cedar wood and used as cedar roofing materials. The main difference between the two is in the way they are cut. Cedar shingles are sawn, which means they are cut in a uniform, rectangular shape using a saw. This results in a smooth, uniform appearance. On the other hand, Cedar shakes are split by hand or with a special tool, creating a rough, irregular surface. As a result, cedar shakes have a more rustic appearance than shingles.

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Cedar Roofing Styles

Hand-split cedar shake

  • Hand-split cedar shake have a split face and resawn back creating shakes that are more uniform in size and shape than traditional hand-split cedar shake.

  • Hand-split cedar shake are available in a #1 grade with a minimum of 80% edge grain and a maximum of 20% flat grain or a #1 premium grade which are 100% edge grain.

  • Cedar shake is available in 18 or 24 inch lengths.

  • Hand-split cedar shakes are graded in compliance to UBC 15-3 and CSA 97 standards.

  • All cedar shake with a #1 grade label are guaranteed to contain at lease 80% edge grain.

Cedar shingles

  • Cedar shingles have an even thickness and clean sawn faces offering a smooth, tailored appearance.

  • Odyssey offers butt ends of shingles that are cut with a circular saw and shingles that are re-butted.

  • Shingles are available in 16, 18 or 24 inch lengths with weather exposure varying with each length.

Tapersawn cedar shake

  • Tapersawn cedar shakes are sawn on both sides giving them a tapered, angled appearance, which helps to shed water and snow more effectively.

  • Available in a #1 grade with a minimum of 80% edge grain and a maximum of 20% flat grain or a #1 premium grade which are 100% edge grain.

  • Available in 18 or 24 inch lengths and thicknesses from 5/8 inch to 1 1/8 inch.

  • Tapersawn shakes offer a thicker option than a shingle but still have the smooth, tailored appearance.

Questions About Cedar Shake Roofs? We Are Here to Help.

A Cedar Shake Roof is a type of roofing made from cedar wood. It is characterized by its distinct, rustic appearance, with shingles that have a rough texture and natural variations in color.

A properly installed and maintained Cedar Shake Roof can last between 30 to 50 years. However, the lifespan can vary depending on factors such as climate, exposure to the elements, and maintenance.

Cedar Shake Roofs are typically installed over a layer of roof sheathing, which is then covered with a layer of felt paper. The cedar shingles are then installed in courses, starting at the bottom of the roof and working up.

The cost of a Cedar Shake Roof can vary depending on factors such as the size and complexity of the roof, the quality of the cedar shingles, and the location of the property. 

Roof replacement is a big investment, and it is always a good idea to set the proper expectations going into such a project. Learn more about the cost of a cedar shake roof in our recent blog post. 

Regular maintenance is key to extending the life of a Cedar Shake Roof. This includes cleaning the roof to remove debris and preventing the growth of moss and algae. It’s also important to inspect the roof periodically for damage or signs of wear, such as cracked or missing shingles, and to replace them as needed.

Yes, Cedar Shake Roofs are considered to be an environmentally friendly roofing option. Cedar is a renewable resource, and the production of Cedar Shake Roofs requires less energy than many other roofing materials. Additionally, Cedar Shake Roofs are biodegradable and can be recycled or repurposed at the end of their lifespan.

Cedar Shake Roofs are not inherently fire-resistant, but they can be treated with fire retardants to improve their resistance to fire. It’s important to check with your local building code to see if fire-resistant treatment is required for Cedar Shake Roofs in your area.

Yes, Cedar Shake Roofs can be repaired if they are damaged or show signs of wear. Depending on the extent of the damage, repairs may involve replacing individual shingles, patching small holes or cracks, or resealing the roof. It’s important to have repairs done by a qualified roofing professional.

Yes, Cedar Shake Roofs can be painted, but it’s not recommended. Painting can trap moisture in the wood, which can lead to rot and decay. It’s also difficult to maintain the paint over time, as the wood expands and contracts with changes in temperature and humidity. If you want to change the color of your Cedar Shake Roof, it’s better to use a stain or a natural weathering process.

The main advantages of a Cedar Shake Roof are its natural beauty, durability, and environmental friendliness. Cedar Shake Roofs can also provide good insulation, which can help to lower energy costs.

The main disadvantages of a Cedar Shake Roof are its cost and maintenance requirements. Cedar Shake Roofs can be expensive to install, and they require regular maintenance to prevent damage and prolong their lifespan. Cedar Shake Roofs can also be more susceptible to damage from high winds, hail, and other severe weather events.

Cedar Shake Roofs have a unique look and are known for their natural beauty, but they can be more expensive and require more maintenance than some other roofing materials. For example, asphalt shingles are a more affordable option and require less maintenance, but they have a shorter lifespan and are not as environmentally friendly.

Yes, Cedar Shake Roofs can increase the value of a property. The natural beauty and durability of Cedar Shake Roofs can be a selling point for potential buyers, and they may be willing to pay more for a property with a quality Cedar Shake Roof.

You can search online for Cedar Shake Roofing contractors in your area and check their reviews and credentials before hiring them. Odyssey Roofing specializes in cedar roof installation and is proud to have helped many happy customers.

The Odyssey Way

We’re with you through every step of the roof replacement process


The first step in your roof replacement project. An Odyssey roofing specialist will go over all the details of your roof replacement, from the installation process to the type of roofing materials used.


After you have chosen the type of roofing materials you would like to use for your roof replacement; your roofing specialist will provide you with the total cost of the project as well as financing options.


Once you start your roof replacement project with Odyssey, our production team will order your roofing materials and handle the logistics. We will also obtain any permits required for your roof replacement- all you have to do now is wait!


When your roof material is manufactured and ready to ship, an Odyssey roofing project manager will contact you to set up a day and time that works for you to begin your roof installation.

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Odyssey Roofing

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Wonderful experience working with the Odyssey Roofing team for my roof repair and replacement. Everything from the start of work to completion happened on the timeline that I was promised. I would highly recommend them to friends and family.
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The team at Odyssey did an absolutely fantastic job with my roof and siding. They were professional and courteous. From the initial consultation to the final inspection, they went above and beyond to ensure that everything was done just they way that was promised. I will definitely be calling Odyssey Home Remodeling when it is time to replace my windows.
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The staff at Odyssey was very helpful and always communicated in a timely fashion. The people at Odyssey are ethical and professional, highly recommend this company, they have done my home, and my mother's home!
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Very impressed with Odyssey Roofing. Great products, warranty, and service at a very competitive price
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This is a great company! They did the roof on our 4000+ square-foot home in Naperville and also replaced several windows in one project, completing a wonderful new sunroom! And each case offering choices and making informed suggestions we are very pleased with their work, and very competitive prices. Steve Marangos the president is a true professional, who is most pleasant and accommodating to work with. He and his people aim to please and to do things with quality to meet and exceed expectations. He and they are dedicated to doing the job right to please their clients to earn their future business. Their work is on time, and neat as well.. closely a tentative on-time start and completion, and to No mess, thorough cleanup. We are pleased to highly recommend Steve and his team at Odyssey Home Remodeling. Less
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We want to thank Steve and his employees. They were very professional and friendly in handling our roofing damage and in a timely manner. I would recommend them for anyone needing repairs. Thank you
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Odyssey Home Remodeling replaced my roof with designer CertainTeed shingles and copper flashing. They were much less expensive than the prices I was seeing elsewhere for similar work and they did an amazing job from start to finish! I would recommend this company in a heartbeat.
Upcon Group
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They were very responsive and did a great job on the repairs we needed.
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I got a bang for my buck. Good quality material. I never had a roof put on before and they made it so easy. I had other contractors, but they couldn’t compare to the deal I got with ODYSSEY home and remodeling. I would definitely recommend them to anybody who is getting the roof done.
S Garcia
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From the first response to completion. The Odyssey team was timely and professional! We will definitely consider them when we replace our windows!
U Peppers
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Joe came to give me an quote today he was very informative and educated me . That i appreciate. I look forward to doing business with this company. Stay tuned for my follow up review
J Bush
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Having a roof replaced is an extremely stressful, expensive experience. Working with Steve at Odyssey Home Remodeling made this endeavor much less stressful. He is very professional, knowledgeable and went out of his way to assist with our time and budget restraints. The roofers, Ivan and his crew, were also very professional and answered any questions we had. I would highly recommend contacting Steve at Odyssey Home Remodeling for home projects.

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