A roof’s appearance is important because it makes up so much of a home’s exterior. Even more important, however, are the durability and efficacy of the roof. If you are in the market for a new roof and are torn between cedar shakes and asphalt shingles, this comparison of the two may help steer you in the right direction:


Cedar shakes are undeniably charming, and homeowners who are looking for a traditional look or who prize cedar wood as a building material may be especially partial to them. When considering your options, however, it is important to note that asphalt shingles do not resemble the roads you drive on and they come in many different colors, shapes, sizes, and styles.


The cost of installing asphalt shingles is less than the cost of installing cedar shakes, but a well-maintained cedar shake roof has a high return on investment that typically increases the value of a home more than asphalt shingles do. Factor the costs of cleaning and maintaining a roofing material into the equation, as well as its expected lifespan, before making a decision.


Cedar shake roofing can be more durable than asphalt shingles, but only if it is well cared for and installed in the right environment. Cedar shakes can withstand strong winds and other harsh weather conditions better than asphalt shingles can, if the storms are isolated. Frequent exposure to rain increases a cedar shake roof’s susceptibility to rot, mold, and mildew, making asphalt shingle roofing a more practical option in the country’s rainier places.


Cedar shake roofing is innately well ventilated—asphalt shingles must often be accompanied by additional ventilation measures. No matter whether you choose cedar shakes or asphalt shingles, have your roofing contractor inspect your home to ensure that it is properly ventilated.

For more than 30 years, Apex Exteriors has provided homeowners in Illinois and Wisconsin with beautiful and long-lasting roofing solutions. Our experienced roofing contractors are highly familiar with cedar shakes and asphalt shingles, and we can masterfully install a roof of whichever type you choose. To find out more about our services or to schedule a free in-home estimate, call (888) 884-1328.

Last Updated on February 23, 2018 by


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