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How Do You Choose The Correct Roofing Shingle? Asphalt vs Cedar.

Choosing the right roofing shingle for your home can be a daunting task. There are many factors to consider, such as durability, cost, appearance, maintenance, and environmental impact. Two of the most common types of roofing shingles are asphalt and cedar, but how do they compare? Here are some pros and cons of each option to help you make an informed decision.


Infographic by Archer Exteriors about asphalt vs shingle roofing options.

The Most Common Choice is Asphalt Shingles


Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in North America. They are made from a fiberglass or cellulose base topped with asphalt and mineral granules. They come in different styles, such as 3-tab, architectural, or premium.


Pros of Using Asphalt Shingles:


·       Asphalt shingles are easy to install, repair, and replace.

·       Asphalt shingles are affordable and widely available.

·       Asphalt shingles offer a variety of colors and designs to suit any home style.

·       Asphalt shingles have a good fire resistance rating and can withstand moderate winds and hail.


Cons of Using Asphalt Shingles:


·       Asphalt shingles have a shorter lifespan than other roofing materials, typically lasting 15 to 20 years.

·       Asphalt shingles are prone to fading, cracking, curling, and algae growth over time.

·       Asphalt shingles are not very eco-friendly, as they contribute to landfill waste and greenhouse gas emissions.


Go For a More Distinctive Look with Cedar Shingles


Cedar shingles are made from natural wood, usually from western red cedar trees. They have a distinctive look that adds charm and character to any home. They can be left untreated to weather naturally or stained to preserve their color.


Pros of Using Cedar Shingles:


·       Cedar shingles are durable and long-lasting, with a lifespan of 30 to 50 years.

·       Cedar shingles are resistant to insects, rot, and mold.

·       Cedar shingles have a high insulation value and can help reduce energy costs.

·       Cedar shingles are environmentally friendly, as they are biodegradable and renewable.


Cons of Using Cedar Shingles:


·       Cedar shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles, both in terms of material and installation costs.

·       Cedar shingles require more maintenance than asphalt shingles, such as regular cleaning, sealing, and painting.

·       Cedar shingles have a low fire resistance rating and may need additional treatments or coatings to meet fire codes.


Explore Your Shingle Options with Archer Exteriors


As you can see, both asphalt and cedar shingles have their advantages and disadvantages. The best choice for your home depends on your budget, preferences, and local climate. You should also consult with a professional roofing contractor who can assess your roof condition and recommend the best option for you. Get a free estimate today from us and learn how we can help you. Thank you for reading!




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