Wood Or Composite Roofing

Wood Or Composite Roofing

Replacing or fixing a roof is one of those essential tasks that must be performed about every 10 years in order to keep the infrastructure of your home in sturdy and safe condition. While there are many options in the kind of roof you may wish to install, two of the most common materials are composite shingles and wood shakes. One of the reasons these are common is that they are among the most economical yet reliable of all roof types available.

Of the two, which is the best roof? Only you would know the answer. Here are some pros and cons for each to help you decide.

Wood Shakes

Pros:
  • They offer very good insulation to the entire house therby saving on heating and air conditioning expenses.
  • You can choose how you want the wood cut and the size of shakes so that it blends well with the rest of the exterior of your house.
Cons:
  • Quality of wood shakes vary depending on manufacturer.
  • Susceptible to mold and wood rot
  • Possible fire danger

Composite Shingles

These shingles tend to be a combination of asphalt and fiberglass.
  • Easier to install than wood shakes
  • Low maintenance
  • Offer better fire protection
Cons:
  • Can blow off roof if windy
  • Intense heat can cause shingle to warp