Wood shakes and wood shingles are manufactured from western red cedar, cypress, pine and redwood trees. Shakes are split from logs and reshaped by manufacturers for commercial use. They are thicker at the butt end than shingles; generally one or both surfaces are split to obtain a textured effect. A split and re-sawn shake has a split face and sawn back. A taper sawn shake has a natural taper and is sawn on both sides.
Wood shingles are sawn on both sides and have an even taper and uniform thickness. Wood shingle roofs are very rare due to the high cost and short life. Wood shake roofs are also rarer than they were years ago due to the high cost and local regulations.