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Kent Roofing: Article About Comparing Asphalt and Wood Shingles

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When choosing a new roofing material, homeowners have plenty of options, and two of the most popular types are asphalt and wood shingles. Although Kent roofing experts are able to install either, homeowners should weigh the pros and the cons to see which material best suits their needs and their budgets before making a decision.

For many homeowners, one of the first things to consider is the look of the material. Wood shingles give homes a natural wooded look. Traditionally, wood shingles are either made out of redwood or cedar. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and styles. Some are even designed to resemble the texture of wood.

In terms of wind resistance, wood is the clear winner. While most asphalt roofs can withstand wind speeds of up to 60 to 70 mph, wood shingles are designed to withstand winds of up to 110 mph. The need for roofing material to stand up to strong gusts of wind varies depending on where the home is located.

In terms of fire resistance, both materials average around the same grade. Most homeowners assume that asphalt shingles get the best grade in terms of resisting fires because wood is naturally susceptible to fire.

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However, they should keep in mind that wood shingles are typically treated with a fire resistant solution before they are installed. This gives them about the same fire resistance as asphalt shingles.

Both asphalt and wood hold up fairly well to ice and snow. However, wood does have a slight advantage over asphalt when it comes to standing up to hail damage. Unless the wood is old and rotted, the ability to absorb impact damage is second to none in terms of roofing.

Asphalt and wood roofs both rank poorly in terms of moss resistance. Asphalt does have a low resistance to moss accumulation, whereas wood roofs have no resistance at all. People who live in areas with high moisture should keep this in mind.

Wood roofing tends to last longer than asphalt. In general, wood shingles have a life expectancy of 25 to 35 years. Quality asphalt shingles usually only last around 15 to 20 years. The length that any roofing material lasts varies greatly depending on the climate where the home is located.

Professional installers are usually able to install asphalt roofing material quicker than wood. In general, a team of roofers can install an asphalt roof in around one day. Replacing an asphalt roof takes a few days. Wood roofs, on the other hand, take around three to five days to install and roughly seven days to replace.

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