A replacement roof is one of the most expensive aspects of your home. However, it is one of the best ways to ensure that your home is protected for years to come. A stable roof gives your entire home more support. But what roof should you choose, asphalt shingles or cedar shakes? It is the opinion of our roofing experts at All American Restoration that both products have both pros and cons so choosing one over the other is essentially a personal preference.
Examining Asphalt Shingles
In recent years, asphalt shingles have grown in popularity. For many homeowners, asphalt shingles are a cost-effective way to replace or repair their roofs. Made with fiber glass, asphalt shingles are relatively durable, and last for years.
The problem with asphalt shingles is that they don’t withstand severe weather well. In fact, strong winds can rip them from your roof, leaving your home exposed to the elements. Additionally, after a few years of use and exposure to the elements, these shingles will crack and buckle, which could lead to roof leaks. If you’ve had good luck with these shingles, then consider yourself lucky, but most people have problems with their asphalt shingles.
A Closer Look at Cedar Shakes
Another popular form of roofing material is cedar shakes. Cedar shakes are composed of actual cedar that’s aged to give it a distinguished look many homeowners prize. Unfortunately, the aged look of cedar takes years to come by, making it difficult and expensive to acquire cedar shakes. In fact, it is the aged look that makes cedar cost-prohibitive for most households.
In addition to being hard to get, cedar shakes require more maintenance than asphalt shingles. Since the shakes are wood, homeowners have to take extra steps to minimize rot, and to ensure the shakes are treated to resist combustion.
On the bright side, if you have a home with a cedar roof, the roof adds value to your home. Homes with cedar shakes remain in high demand since many homeowners can’t get their hands on this type of roof.
As you can see, both roofing materials have their pros and cons. Homeowners who choose between one or the other have a certain look or a certain price point in mind when they replace their roof.
If you are in the market for a new roof, then All American Roofing and Restoration is your one-stop shop for everything roofing. We are able to replace your existing roof with cedar shakes or asphalt shingles. When you are ready to get a quote, don’t hesitate to give us a call.