Wood shingle “Shakes” are a classic, natural roofing alternative. Variations in cut of wood, color, and thickness mean that a shake roof is truly unique. Cedar is a durable, beautiful wood that weathers well and adds some insulation value. Properly installed shakes provide long lasting weather protection and a rustic aesthetic look, though they require more maintenance than other roofing systems. A well-maintained cedar shake roof can last for many years.