Your home is one of the largest investments you will ever make, and a large percentage of the investment goes into the roof. And yet, when it comes to roofing your home, there are now a multitude of options available, making the decision a bit more complicated.
So let’s take a look at two of the most common roofing materials, cedar, and asphalt.
Cedar roofing is one of the most aesthetically appealing roofing options available, and because it often ages into a grayish silver tone, it considered to improve with age. Cedar can also be very long lasting – often several years longer than asphalt. Much of this is due to cedar’s durability against wind, hurricanes, snowstorms, and even hail. Cedar is also considered environmentally friendly as it provides a natural insulation twice that of asphalt, and can cut down on energy bills. And depending on who you buy your shingles from, cedar can be even more environmentally friendly as some manufacturers make a promise to replace every tree they cut down. But the downside to cedar – which can be considerable – is that it requires consistent maintenance. Many manufacturers recommend treating cedar roofs yearly with products to retard moss and mold growth. As many of these products contain harmful pesticides and chemicals, some of the environmental gain is lost.
Asphalt roofing, because it is so easy to install, is one of the most common and least expensive roofing choices today. The shingles require very little maintenance – often just removing debris and clearing gutters – making them a very attractive choice for homeowners. And as asphalt is so common, it has been the recipient of many of the most exciting innovations in roofing. For example, recycled asphalt shingles are available in many blends (some with recycled rubber), and photovoltaic panels (solar) have also been incorporated directly into the asphalt shingles giving homeowners a very attractive way to go solar. And with these innovations, the durability of asphalt shingles has improved as well. The downside? Many don’t consider asphalt as aesthetically appealing as cedar, and lower grade models lack the durability.
If you are considering either cedar or asphalt for you home, think about what your goals are for your roof. Would you like to use an environmentally friendly option? Is durability a concern? How important is aesthetic appeal to you?
Answering these questions should help weigh your options, and as always, it is helpful to consult with a licensed roofer who can help you choose which roof is best for your home.
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