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Asphalt Shingles vs. Cedar Shakes: 5 Features to Consider

Two of the most popular choices for residential roof installation are cedar shakes and asphalt shingles. Both are excellent roofing options with unique benefits. If you can’t decide which roofing option to choose, maybe our list of features can help.

Asphalt Shingles vs. Cedar Shakes: 5 Features to Consider

  1. Aesthetics – Between the two, cedar shakes are the clear winner when it comes to aesthetics, thanks to the rustic, rough-hewn look. If you happen to own a home with old-fashioned architecture, cedar shakes should be your top choice to achieve an authentic look. But, that doesn’t mean you should ignore asphalt shingles. In addition to dimensional shingles that approximate the hand-cut look, asphalt shingles are available in several colors that give you more latitude in your exterior color palette selection.

  2. Life Span – Both roofing materials are expected to last about 20 to 30 years with proper maintenance. If you are considering cedar shakes, always remember to check if the wood is treated against exposure to the elements. Consider this whether you’re building a new home or signing up for a roof replacement.

  3. Maintenance Requirements – The keys to getting the most out of your roofing, whether asphalt shingle or shake, are scheduled maintenance and regular inspections. Cedar shakes require maintenance more frequently than asphalt shingles, but the aesthetic benefits outweigh the amount of work required. It also helps to have a roofer like Universal Roof and Contracting as we have extensive experience in working with both roofing types.

  4. Cleaning – Asphalt shingles and cedar shakes are both susceptible to unsightly stains caused by algae and will also require professional cleaning to avoid damaging the roof surface. Some homeowners have been known to strip the protective layers of their roofs with a power washer.

  5. Durability – Today’s asphalt shingle roofing systems are rated for wind resistance up to Category 4 hurricanes, thanks to years of product development. Certain product lines are also designed for impact resistance. Cedar shakes, on the other hand, are naturally impact-resistant. And if installed properly, a cedar shake roof has better wind resistance than most asphalt shingle roofing systems.

To learn more about our roof repair, maintenance and installation services, call Universal Roof and Contracting today at (407) 278-2686 and (904) 416-1399. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free inspection. We serve many areas, including Winter Park, FL.