Examining The Pros And Cons Of Asphalt Shingles Versus Cedar Shingles

Cedar ShinglesIn a vast majority of cases, builders will use asphalt shingles when installing roofs on their new homes. Asphalt shingles are effective, durable, and reasonably priced, so they are readily accepted by builders and home buyers alike – and the home owners are quite content to use this material again whenever the original roof needs to be replaced.

In fact, many first-time new home buyers, or first-time ‘roof replacers’, may not even be aware that other selections are available with respect to roofing materials. But there are actually several options, including wood shingles, which may perhaps be more commonly referred to as cedar shingles.

In the same manner that home owners will consider different types of flooring, fixtures, windows, and/or cabinetry, it might be a beneficial exercise to compare and contrast asphalt shingles and cedar shingles in order to make a more informed decision about the type of new or replacement roofing material for any home.

There are several factors to consider when deciding between the two types of shingles:

Asphalt Shingles

  • Easier to install and repair/replace
  • Shorter installation time
  • Available in a variety of designs and colours
  • Require comparatively less maintenance
  • Greater fire resistance
  • Susceptible to weather-related damage (wind, ice, hail)
  • Susceptible to age-related damage (granule loss, buckling, cracking)
  • Shortest average lifespan of all roofing materials
  • Essentially non-recyclable – landfill disposal is the primary option

Cedar Shingles

  • Cost-effective – greater average lifespan of 10+ years vs asphalt
  • More energy efficient (natural insulator) – reduces energy costs
  • Eco-friendly shingles – made from a renewable resource
  • Greater aesthetic appeal; potentially increases resale value
  • Less susceptible to damage from hail, high winds, or infestation
  • Higher initial purchase price
  • More expensive to install
  • More expensive to repair or replace
  • Require regular maintenance to prevent mold and mildew growth

As noted above, cedar shingles are more expensive to install than asphalt shingles in general, simply because of their composition. While it can be challenging to pinpoint an exact ratio in terms of a cost comparison, there are several other factors that will add to the cost of installing cedar shingles over-and-above their base price. These factors will include:

  • Thickness of the shingles
  • Quality of the shingles
  • Size of the roof (square footage)
  • Pitch of the roof
  • Number of angles/peaks
  • Installation costs (relative to the three previous points)

Other aspects that should be considered before investing in cedar shingles would be:

  • Weight of the cedar – can the present structure support it?
  • Building codes – which materials are permitted in the area?
  • Aesthetic compatibility or conflict with neighbouring homes?
  • Local weather/environment – any special pre-treatment needed?

Despite the greater initial investment in cedar shingles over asphalt shingles, there are several long-term and/or cost-effective advantages to installing/replacing a roof with cedar. Homeowners interested in learning more about such a conversion should speak with representatives from a roofing company with extensive experiencing in installing cedar shingles, such as Avenue Road Roofing.

Whether Asphalt Or Cedar, Your New Shingles Require Expert Installation

Avenue Road Roofing has been satisfying the roofing needs of property owners across Toronto and the GTA for more than 40 years. Over that time, we have installed over 45,000 roofs, gaining invaluable experience and expertise with roofing materials ranging from:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Cedar shingles
  • Metal (steel, aluminum, copper)
  • Tile and slate
  • Green roofs

While our shingle experts from Avenue Road Roofing are fully capable and qualified to install the roofing material of your choice, asphalt shingles remain the most common material of choice.

Whether you prefer asphalt shingles or are considering a change to cedar shingles, the experts from Avenue Road Roofing can install a beautiful and long-lasting roof for your home or business. Call us today at 416-785-5129 or contact us to arrange your no-obligation consultation.