Although cedar shakes can be on the more expensive end, they are definitely eye-catching. Aside from appearance, there are major advantages to using cedar shakes, most important is durability! Cedar naturally resists UV damage, as well as insects, all while withstanding harsh weather conditions, such as hail. Cedar shakes remain flat with minimal shrinkage and splitting over their lifetime. During harsher weather, minimal shake loss should occur when installed correctly. Cedar shakes can also be treated with fire-resistant chemicals to make them safer for roofing!