A shake is a wooden shingle made from split logs. Shakes in Knoxville have traditionally been used used for roofing and siding applications around the world. Higher grade shakes are typically used for roofing purposes in Knoxville, while lower grade shakes are typically used for siding purposes. In either situation, properly installed shakes provide long lasting weather protection and a rustic aesthetic, though they require more maintenance than some other more modern weatherproofing systems.
The term shake is sometimes used as a a colloquialism for all wood shingles, though shingles are sawed rather than split.