Roofing Review of Wood Shingles - Pros and Cons
In America, for roofing construction, the most common material for roofing shingles is asphalt shingles, they are commonly used across the country as a reasonably priced choice by roofers and homeowners alike. An alternative to asphalt shingles are wood shingles. Wood shingles can add a natural look to your home, and the infinite variety of woods available gives you multiple possibilities for your roofing needs. In this article I will be discussing the pros and cons of choosing wood shingles over the more common asphalt shingles.
Pros of wood shingles
Wood shingles in most cases have the same durability as asphalt shingles. You can expect asphalt shingles to last about twenty years, the same with wood shingles. Variety of woods guarantees you will be able to choose what you want your roof to look like. Improved insulation. Because the nature of wood provides a better seal for roofing, it can provide better insulation for the home, helping you retain heat in the winter and keep the house cool in the summer.
Beauty: When it comes to roofing materials, wood shingles are beautiful, and will be a stark contrast to all the asphalt shingles in your neighborhood. Your house will stand out bright among the dullness around you, with unique roof patterns.
Cost: Wood shingles cost more than asphalt shingles; in 2016, you would pay up to $200 more per 100 square feet of roof surface. Cost of Wood Shingles
Maintenance: Untreated wood warps easily, so it is best practice to apply some sort of varnish, stain, or paint to your wood shingles, which will again add to the cost.
Insects: Wood is food for insects. Depending on where you live, you can expect termites, wood borers and other pests.
Elements: Even with staining and painting you run the risk of getting moisture in the wood which will cause your shingles to bow or swell, causing multiple leaks and severely degenerating the life cycle of your roof, and making you have to replace the whole thing.
Algae and Moss: With the moisture, the possibility of Algae and Moss growing on your wood shingles. They can grow and create gaps, allowing more moisture in, and causing your house to leak and retain moisture within an grow mold, causing health problems on top of compromising your construction.Algae and Moss
As you can see, wood shingles are a beautiful alternative to asphalt tiles, but they do require more frequent inspections for damage and maintenance to keep them strong and the life of your roof long. Wood shingles are stylish and beautiful and will contribute to making your house unique among all the others in your neighborhood.
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