Wood shakes are a type of roofing material that are similar to wood shingles, but are typically thicker and have a more rustic appearance. They are made from split pieces of wood, usually cedar, redwood, or pine, and are known for their natural beauty and texture. Wood shakes are often used in traditional or rural construction, and can add character and charm to a building. Like wood shingles, wood shakes are typically installed in overlapping rows to create a water-resistant barrier. They can be left natural, stained, or painted, and are available in a range of sizes and shapes. Wood shakes are also known for their insulation properties, and can help regulate indoor temperatures. However, wood shakes can be more expensive and difficult to install compared to other roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles. They are also prone to rotting, warping, and insect damage, and require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. Additionally, wood shakes are a combustible material, and may not be approved for use in certain fire-prone areas.