WRC Shingles and shakes

WRC Shingles and shakes
(roof tiles and façade covers)

The wooden roof tiles sold by van Hoorebeke have all been fashioned from one of the most durable pinewood species: Western Red Cedar. This wood species originates from British Columbia, the richest forest area in Canada, and is harvested from trees which can grow up to 45 m and can reach a diameter of 2.5 m. The timber is initially of a honey or reddish brown color, but turns gray under the influence of rain and the sun. Western Red Cedar is lightweight, has sound insulation properties, is free of resin, and is very strong and durable.

A distinction is made between two kinds of wooden roof tiles: ‘shingles’ and ‘shakes’.

Shingles are tapered tiles which are machine-cut from the timber and which therefore have a flat top and bottom. The shingles distributed by van Hoorebeke are of a very high quality called No. 1 ‘Blue label’.

Shakes on the other hand are obtained by splitting the wood. The top is therefore raw and no two shakes are identical. The shakes imported by van Hoorebeke are of the “handsplit and resawn” type, meaning that they are split by hand and subsequently machine-sawn in a tapered shape.

Both the shingles and the shakes are used for covering roofs, façades and walls. They are sold and delivered in ‘squares’, a specific quantity of tiles needed to cover a certain area. One square of shingles covers 9m² of roof or 14m² of wall while the same quantity of shakes covers 7m² of roof or 10m² of wall.


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