This type of roofing has been in existence in North America since the days of the colonists.
Wood roofs age like fine wine. They are very durable and only look better with time.
CEDAR SHAKE ROOF
What is Cedar Shake Roofing? Cedar shake roofs use wooden shingles that are made from split logs. The roofs have a distinctive look because the thickness and length of each shingle can vary.
Modern wooden shingles, both sawn and split, continue to be made, but they differ from the historic ones. Modern commercially available shakes are generally thicker than the historic hand split counterpart and are usually left “undressed” with a rough, corrugated surface. The rough-surface shake is often considered to be more “rustic” and “historic”, but in fact this is a modern fashion.
The typical life of a wood shingle roof is 30-40 years. Similarly, a good quality, properly-installed wood shake roof has a life expectancy of 20-40 years.