Cedar vs. Asphalt Shingle: A Cost Comparison

If you are planning to have a new roof installation done in the near future, now is the time to start weighing out your many options. Many homeowners in the Southwestern Chicago suburbs choose either cedar shake or asphalt shingles when re-doing their roofs. There are pros and cons associated with each choice, but the biggest consideration comes down to price.

The editors at DoItYourself have provided a useful article entitled Cedar Shingles Cost vs Asphalt Shingles Cost that details the expenses associated with these two options—both at the time of installation and into the future. The article touches on the following factors:

  • The cost of the shingles themselves – Cedar shakes are more expensive than asphalt shingles
  • Installation costs – Cedar shakes require a much more complicated installation process that costs more
  • Maintenance costs – Cedar shakes must be routinely maintained whereas asphalt is relatively maintenance-free
  • Replacement costs – Replacing damaged shakes or shingles is more expensive with a cedar shake roof
  • Durability – Most asphalt shingles are more durable than cedar shakes

Although the costs associated with cedar shakes exceed those of asphalt shingles under every consideration, there are a number of reasons why people choose cedar shakes. Besides the fact that they add a beauty to houses, particularly historical homes, they also offer breathability for the roof which can make you house feel cooler in the summer months.

Whatever your choice, you can trust the experts at Baltic Home Improvements to handle your installation job. Our experienced roofers have been providing homeowners in the Chicagoland area with quality services for more than a decade. Contact us today to schedule a free evaluation of your job and discover why so many area homeowners are pleased with our work.

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