Knoxville wood shingles are thin, tapered pieces of wood primarily used to cover roofs and walls of buildings to protect them from the weather. Historically the shingles in Knoxville were split from straight grained, knot free bolts of wood. Today shingles in Knoxville are mostly made by being cut which distinguishes them from shakes which are made by being split out of a bolt.
wooden shingle roofs were prevalent in the North America colonies (Example: Cape Cod style homes), while in central and southern Europe at the same time, thatch, slate and tile were the prevalent roofing materials. In rural Scandinavia, wood shingle roofs were a common roofing material until the 1950’s.
Wood shingles are susceptible to fire and cost more than other types of shingle so they are not as common today as they were in the past.
Distinctive shingle patterns exist in various regions created by the size, shape and application methods. Special treatments such as swept valleys, combed ridges, decorative butt ends, and decorative patterns impart a special character to each building.