In 1992 Gerard® released its first “flat” tile; Shake. Combining the latest technology with the traditional and natural look of wooden shakes, the fireproof Gerard® Shake quickly became a popular replacement for grass roofs.
The history of the shake roof dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries when Europeans emigrating to America took with them the tradition roof styles of Europe and recreated them in timber. Splitting cedar with an axe to make roof tiles (or shakes), these roofs created natural, aesthetically pleasing looks which have stood the test of time.
The Gerard® Shake roof works particularly well in locations surrounded by trees and bushland and is popular with both home builders and hotel proprietors alike.