Grading Authority

For shake and shingle grading rules, the International Residential Code (IRC) generally defers to the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (CSSB).  The CSSB is an international trade association whose members are shake and shingle manufacturers. In addition to helping develop manufacturing and application standards, the CSSB is a good source for general information on wood roof-covering products.

The IRC and the CSSB differ somewhat in their recommended installation requirements.  Local authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) may also have differing requirements.  The CSSB-97 Grading Rules have been adopted by the IRC, the International Building Code (IBC), and the National Building Code of Canada (NBC).

Available Grades

Shakes are available in four grades:  premium, #1, #2 and #3.

Wood shingles are graded according to how they’re cut and the location of their knots and checks.  You probably won’t be able to identify the grade, and you’re not required to.

Warranties

Manufacturers’ warranties vary and may require installation by a certified installer. A common warranty caveat that is widely accepted is that installation must be performed by a CSSB-approved installer.

18″ TAPERSAWN SHAKES

shakes grading rules - 18 tapersawn

24″ TAPERSAWN SHAKES

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HAND-SPLIT & RESAWN SHAKES

shakes grading rules - hand split
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