If you are ready for a new roof installation, you will need to make many decisions including what color, style and materials you would like for your new roof. Many homeowners, particularly those who own some of the historic homes in the southwestern Chicago suburbs, find themselves torn between asphalt and cedar shingles. Each has its own aesthetic value, but when it comes to cost, the differences are more apparent.

This is the subject of an article published by DoItYourself.com entitled Cedar Shingles Cost vs Asphalt Shingles Cost. It reviews costs associated with five aspects of a new roof installation:

  • Cost of materials: Asphalt shingles cost less than cedar shingles, though cedar shingles offer advantages such as a cooler house in the summertime and a more distinctive look.
  • Cost of installation: Cedar shingles have a more complicated installation process and therefore cost more to have installed.
  • Cost of maintenance: Cedar shingles require regular maintenance and must be treated with chemical agents in order to prevent damage and rot. Asphalt shingles are relatively maintenance-free.
  • Cost of replacement:  Cedar shingles come in many grades of quality, while asphalt shingles are either organic or fiberglass. Because asphalt shingles can be produced in bulk and are easy to match with your current roof, they cost much less if you need to replace a few damaged shingles.
  • Costs associated with durability: Asphalt shingles can last up to 30 years. Cedar shingles can last even longer, provided you keep up with routine maintenance.

Learn more by reading the full article here.

Whether you ultimately decide to go with asphalt or cedar shingles, if you live in the southwestern Chicago suburbs, you can count on Baltic Home Improvements to do an excellent installation job. Our staff of experienced roofers has been providing roofing and other home improvement services to local residents for more than a decade. Contact us by phone or through our convenient Web form to learn more and to set up an obligation-free appointment.