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no maintenance cedar-look roofing

TapcoShake is designed to replicate the rustic appearance of a cedar shake roof, while offering many colour options to customise your home. By providing a thick cedar shake shingle look and using virgin polymers and compounds, our synthetic shake roofing will not rot, crack, split, warp, or need the chemical upkeep of wood. Authentic colours and subtle shade variations create an inviting, natural look in every piece of TapcoShake, and our composite shake roof will also mitigate fire risk. With Class A Fire components, our synthetic cedar shake roofing fits harmoniously into communities that prohibit wood shake roofing or require Class A fire rated roofing. Each piece of our composite cedar shingles is injection moulded for optimal control and performance. It is 24″ (610mm) long with standard widths of 5″, 7.5″, or 10″ (127mm, 191mm, or 254mm) and is supplied pre-mixed for easy installation.

  • 9.25” & 10.25” (235mm & 260mm) Exposure options.
  • Non-repeating; staggered or straight application.
  • Bundles pre-sorted for colour and shade width variations.
  • Class A Fire Rating.
  • Class 4 Impact Rating.
  • 110 MPH Wind Uplift Rating.


Ideal for New Build, Self-build, Modular Buildings, Renovation, Extensions, Conservatories, and Garden Rooms

TapcoShake has beautifully achieved what was once impossible – creating a synthetic shake that is easy to love and without maintenance. There is none of the notorious rotting, cracking, splitting or chemical treating that natural cedar often regularly requires. Instead, the roof is extremely durable and fire risk is minimised with our top-level Class A fire resistance, especially noteworthy for communities prohibiting cedar roofs or requiring Class A roof systems. TapcoShake’s proprietary finishing delivers delicate shade variations with authenticity that is harmonious and natural to the eye. Our shakes’ sublime, unified colour is factory-collated along with the correct proportions of our 10″ (254mm), 7.5″ (190mm) and 5″ (127mm) shake widths to give you the ideal shake roof.

Please note that TapcoShake is available as special order only, contact our sales team for further information.

Ask about obtaining a FREE sample tile today and see for yourself why more and more people are turning to synthetic shake!

Depending on lighting conditions, our roof tiles will reflect varying levels of color intensity. Actual colors may vary from those shown on the screen, free samples are available on request.

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CONSTRUCTION:Manufactured from a recyclable blend of limestone and polypropylene.
SIZE (SHAKE):24” (610mm) in height with 3 mixed widths:
10″ (254mm)
7.5″ (191mm)
5″ (127mm)
MINIMUM PITCH:14° (fully boarded roof)
GAUGE:9.25” at 14 to 22.5 degrees
10.25” at 22.5 degrees and above
Please also see coverage/gauge table on the Measuring Guide Tab above or the Fixing Guide
COVERAGE:21 shakes/sq. metre at 14 to 22.5 degrees
19 shakes/sq. metre at 22.5 degrees and above
Please also see coverage/gauge table on the Measuring Guide Tab above or the Fixing Guide
PACKAGING:Pallet: 1,125 pieces (0.62 tonnes)
Bundle: 24 pieces (13kg)
FIXING:Shakes and starters should be applied using two 2 ring shank fasteners (stainless steel or copper are recommended) with a minimum 3/8″ (9.5mm) diameter head and minimum length of 1½” (38mm). Corrosion resistant fasteners are required in coastal areas. The length of the Hip & Ridge fastener should be a minimum length of 2″ (51mm) over field shakes and 3″ (76mm) over ridge vent.
CUTTING:Fine-toothed handsaw, jigsaw, circular saw, or sharp utility blade.
STORAGE/TEMPERATURE:TapcoShake should not be stored on roof decks in such a manner as to over-stress and/or damage the deck and supporting structure.
Cold Weather Installation: Shakes should be stored in original packaging in a storage facility where the temperature meets or exceeds 7°C. Use protective coverage over all pallets while being temporarily stored on-site. Roof shakes must be conditioned at a temperature no lower than 7°C for twenty-four (24) hours prior to use. Shakes may be installed at temperatures as low as 0°C but must be hand fastened, the use of a pneumatic gun below 7°C will result in cracking and webbing in the fastened area. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s installation requirements for all underlay and any other applications. Comply with any and all local building code requirements. Note of Caution: The shakes can be slippery under certain conditions and job site safety procedures should be enforced.
Fire Rating – Class A or Class C.
Wind-driven Rain/Wind Uplift – Miami Dade TAS-100 (110 mph wind-driven rain).
WARRANTY:40-years. Please see our Warranty Document for further information.


Please note: TapcoSlate, TapcoShake, and Tapco Roofing Products are known as the InSpire Roofing Products line in the USA. Installation techniques differ between the US and other countries, please view our Installation Guide for UK techniques.


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When you contact us, our representative will guide you as to how many TapcoShake units you will need to cover your roofing project. However, the general idea is to measure how many square metres your roof covers and what pitch (and therefore which gauge) your roof is. Unlike TapcoSlate, TapcoShake only has two gauge settings, therefore simplifying this slightly. The following table explains how this is calculated:

14* to 22.5 degrees (fully boarded only) 9.25″ (235mm)21
22.5 degrees and above (fully boarded only)10.25″ (260mm)19

* The minimum recommended pitch and lap may be influenced by special circumstances, please contact our technical department for advice.
Note: Advice from our technical department should also be sought when installing on high buildings and/or in exceptionally windy areas.


Roof pitch (slope really, but it is known as pitch) refers to the amount of rise a roof has compared to the horizontal measurement of the roof. The picture opposite shows the pitch of a 7:12 roof slope meaning that for 12″ of horizontal measurement (roof run) the vertical measurement (roof rise) is 7″. This measurement is best done on a bare roof, but If this isn’t practical then perform the same measurement on the underside of the roof (loft).

So what does the 7:12 in the example to the right mean? The 7 means that the roof rises 7″ for every 12″ it runs, simply mark a level at 12″, hold it perfectly level and measure from the roof surface to your 12″ mark, this will give you the rise. To convert this measurement to degrees, please see the table below:

Roof Pitch – Rise and Degrees
Roof Pitch – Rise and Degrees


Each TapcoShake is marked with a fitting gauge which is determined by the Roof Pitch (see above). The gauge is pictured on the right. How many slates you need to cover your roof per square metre depends on the gauge and increments according to your roof pitch.
Once that you have the first layer of shake on your battens, the next layer (and onwards to the ridge) should be layered on top. The gauge, on both sides of the shake, is then placed onto the very top of the laid shake and moved up or down according to your roof pitch. The gauge has 2 markers – 9.25″ (14 to 22.5 degree pitch) and 10.25″ (above 22.5 degree pitch).


A square metre is a metric measurement of area. If the area involved in your roofing project is square or a rectangular, measure the length and width of the area, using a metric tape measure or a meter stick. Multiply the length, in metres, times the width, in metres. That will give you the area of the square or rectangle in square metres.

If the area involved is not square or rectangular, sketch the area to scale on a piece of graph paper. You can make sure that it is to scale by allowing each division on the grid to equal a certain number of metres. Break up the sketch into rectangles, squares, triangles, and even circles, if necessary. Apply the appropriate metre-based formulas to each shape on the graph to determine the area of each shape in square metres. Multiply length times width for squares and rectangles. Multiply base times height and divide by two for triangles. Measure from the centre of a circle to its outer edge to find the radius; then multiply the radius times itself and multiply that figure by 3.14, which is “pi.” Add the areas of each shape to find the square metres of the entire area.

To recap, if your roof is 8 metres high by 10 metres long, this equals 80 square metres, times this by 2 sides of the roof equals 160 square metres in total. If your roof is 24 degrees, and therefore the TapcoShake gauge is set at 10.25″ increments, you will fit 19 TapcoShakes to every square metre – 160 x 19 – you will therefore require 3,040 TapcoShake tiles in total. TapcoShakes are bundled in mixed-size bundles of 24 and so you will need 127 bundles (in total 3,048 units would then be ordered). Please note that you will also need a starter or eaves course. TapcoShake has a special starter or eaves course tile, 3.25 tiles per linear metre, so in this example you would also need to cover 2 x 10m = 20 linear metres, times 3.25 tiles per metre = 65 starter tiles. These are sold in bundles of 24 so you will need 3 bundles (in total 72 starter tiles would then be ordered).

Please Note: The details on this page are for guidance only, and the Tapco Group will not be held responsible for any incorrect measurements undertaken by you or your architect or roofing contractor. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that any measurements and quantities ordered are correct.