Wood and asphalt are two of the more affordable roofing materials. But price isn’t always a top priority. Some people prefer the greener option, while others want a roof that can withstand the elements. Here is a quick comparison of asphalt and wooden roofing.
Affordability: Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are a very affordable roofing option. It costs about $200 to $400 to lay down a 100 sq. ft. area of asphalt shingles, compared to $600 – $900 for the same area of wooden shingles. Asphalt shingles are also cheaper to repair or replace.
Eco-Friendliness: Wooden Shingles
Wooden shingles do not contain petroleum-based products, which cannot be said for asphalt shingles. The method used to harvest the wood for wooden shingles ensures that the trees stay alive, so the shingles come from a sustainable resource. They also biodegrade much faster than asphalt shingles, which stay in landfills for many years.
Durability: Wooden Shingles
When it comes to resilience, wooden shingles beat asphalt shingles, hands down. When both shingle types were subjected to very high wind (up to 245 mph) and harsh impacts, the wooden shingles stayed intact long after the asphalt shingles began to blow away.
Maintenance: Asphalt Shingles
Wooden shingle roofs can be high maintenance. You might have to treat them for mold, seal them against water, and have them sprayed with a flame-retardant material. Asphalt shingles, on the other hand, require much less attention. They are cheap and easy to replace.
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