Wood shakes are a specialized type of shingle roofing usually found on residential properties. A shake is a wooden shingle made from split logs. Though shingles can be made from many types of materials, shakes are only made from wood. The primary benefit of wood shakes is its beauty. It provides homes with a rustic look, differing from that of manmade roofing materials. When well maintained, wood shingled roofs can last decades. Homeowners just need to take proper precautions regarding mold and mildew. Also, wood shake roofs are easy to install and repair, and individual shakes are easy to replace. This brings the overall wood shake roof cost down dramatically. Many different types of wood can be used to create shakes, but the most popular is cedar.