Roofing Shingles & Shakes

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Roofing Shingles & Shakes2019-11-06T14:22:12+00:00

Shingles and Shakes have been used for centuries if not thousands of years, dating back to the Greeks and Romans. More recently church spires and roofs have used shingles, and now we are seeing them used on more contemporary buildings. What is the difference between Shingles and Shakes? Shingles are machine cut, and Shakes are hand split.

W L West & Sons Ltd are the sole UK distributor for Rapold GmbH shake products.

Rapold GmbH is a family run business based in Bavaria close to the Austrian border. They pride themselves on a handmade shakes using the experiences of a company that was founded in the early 1930’s by Karl Albert Rapold.

Shingles must be one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable ways to roof or clad your property. Good straight grained trees are selected, cut to length and hand cleft into various lengths.

One of the most well know steeplejacks in the South of England is Peter Harknett. So revered by Harald Rapold that he has trademarked a Peter Harknett Oak Shake. This product is made slightly thicker and is aimed for church spires to give greater longevity.

To view our online catalogue for Shakes please click on any of the photographs below. 

Roofs in a three ply (three layers of overlap)

External Wall cladding in a two or three ply

Internal Feature walls with two ply


  • Environmentally friendly

  • Renewable resource – Only one of two renewable roofing products, the other being thatch.

  • Durable – life expectancy of up to 50 years dependant on species

  • Breathable

  • Low Carbon footprint

  • Good insulating properties

  • Hand made

  • European product

  • Natural product

  • Low maintenance

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