If you have a wood shake roof you may be considering switching to an asphalt shingle roof for a number of reasons. In fact, the benefits of switching from a wood shake shingle to an asphalt shingle are so great that many insurance companies now require it when doing a roof replacement.
At Titus, we have years of experience in helping customers convert their roofs from wood shake to asphalt. Here is s short list of the benefits of doing so.
- Longevity: Asphalt shingles typically last between 20-30 years, while wood shake shingles typically last between 15-30 years. This means that homeowners who switch to asphalt shingles can expect a longer lifespan for their roof, potentially reducing the need for frequent repairs or replacements.
- Cost-effectiveness: Asphalt shingles are often less expensive than wood shake shingles, especially when you consider the longer lifespan of the asphalt shingles.
- Fire resistance: Asphalt shingles are classified as Class A, B, or C depending on their fire resistance rating, with Class A being the most fire-resistant. In contrast, wood shake shingles are classified as Class C, meaning they have a lower level of fire resistance. This can be important for homeowners who live in areas prone to wildfires or other fire hazards.
- Low maintenance: Asphalt shingles are low maintenance and require little upkeep. Unlike wood shake shingles, which can rot, crack, or become infested with pests over time, asphalt shingles are durable and can stand up to a variety of environmental conditions.
- Weather resistance: Asphalt shingles are also more resistant to weather-related damage, such as wind, rain, and hail. This is because they are made from a tough, flexible material that can bend and shift with changes in temperature, rather than cracking or splitting like wood shake shingles can.
- Energy efficiency: Asphalt shingles can also help to improve the energy efficiency of a home. This is because they have a reflective surface that can reflect sunlight and reduce heat buildup in the attic, helping to keep the home cooler and reducing energy costs.
- Aesthetics: Finally, asphalt shingles are available in a variety of colors and styles, allowing homeowners to choose a look that complements their home’s style and enhances its curb appeal. This is a major contrast to wood shake shingles, which typically have a more natural, rustic appearance that may not be to everyone’s taste.