The Pros and Cons of Replacing Cedar Shingles with Asphalt

If you have an older cedar shake roof that needs to be replaced, you may be considering switching to asphalt shingles as they are far less expensive. In fact, cedar shingles can be as much as 6 or 7 times as expensive as asphalt, according to this article, published by Norbord North America. 

The article lists the pros of making the switch, which include:

  • Asphalt shingles are less expensive
  • Asphalt shingles are naturally water-repellant
  • Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors, styles and textures
  • Asphalt shingles perform well in harsh climates

It also lists some of the cons:

  • Asphalt shingles do not last as long, and typically must be replaced every 10 to 20 years
  • Your summer cooling costs may increase, as cedar shingles keep your attic 15 t 20 years cooler than asphalt
  • When making the switch, several consideration must be addressed, such as  changes to the wood sheathing and radiant barrier

Learn more about what is involved in making the switch to asphalt by reading the full article here. Then, call the experts at Baltic Home Improvement, a leading roofing firm in the southwestern Chicago suburbs. We will be happy to meet with you to assess your job and provide you with a free estimate.

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