Wood shakes and asphalt shingles are two of the most popular roofing materials available today. While both are great roofing materials, they have their own pros and cons. If you’re on the fence on which one to choose, here are some of the things you should consider.
Wood shakes are generally considered the better roofing material when it comes to aesthetics. After all, certain asphalt shingle products are made to mimic wood shakes. Wood shakes are ideal for traditional architecture because of their authentic look. However, it doesn’t mean that asphalt shingles shouldn’t be considered. The main strength of asphalt shingles is the sheer amount of color options that you can choose from, giving you more flexibility with your exterior color choices.
2. Expected Life Span
Both wood shakes and asphalt shingles typically last about 20 to 30 years with proper care and maintenance. However, careful selection should be done when choosing wood shakes – the wood has to be treated for resistance to the effects of moisture. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, are a manufactured product and are more likely to have a consistent lifespan.
All roofing systems require periodic maintenance, some more than others. Wood shakes require maintenance more frequently than asphalt shingles, the costs of which can add up over time. Neglect can lead to a premature roof replacement. If you want a relatively low-maintenance roof, asphalt shingles are your best bet.
4. Algae Resistance
Both roofing materials can develop black streaks caused by algae. While these black streaks do not affect the roof performance-wise, they certainly have an effect on the roof’s overall look. Zinc strips are fairly effective at stopping algae growth on both roofing types, though they are harmful to surrounding landscaping. Fortunately, GAF offers shingles with StainGuard Plus™, which is designed to release algae-fighting components more efficiently during its lifespan.
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