What is Timber Shakes?

A timber shake is hand split with the grain on one face producing a rustic finish and then re-sawn on the back to give a smooth surface to aid fixing.


Cedar shingles are produced in 3 grades. These are referred to as Blue Label, Red label and Black Label. Marley only recommends the use of Blue Label shingles in the UK. They are:

  • 100% Heartwood – this is the durable part of the tree (sapwood easily decays)
  • 100% Edge grain – this ensures the shingle is stable, doesn’t cup and again more durable
  • 100% All clear – this ensures the shingle is free of defects

Lifespan and Durability

Cedar shingles do not require treating as they are 100% heartwood and have a life expectancy of over 50 years untreated. However if you would like the extra reassurance of treated shingles we offer them pressure treated with a Celcure AC-500 treatment.
The preserved wood is protected against attack by wood decaying fungi and wood destroying insects, but it will give a darker colour to the shingles, please request images prior to ordering treated shingles.