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Cedar Roofs Vs. Asphalt Roofs

Updated: Apr 1


Cedar and asphalt are two of the most common roof materials, but there’s a clear winner if you want a home that looks better and keeps the rain and moisture away. Cedar shingle roofing is a long-lasting option that can keep your home looking smart for years to come, but it does require a little more maintenance throughout that life.

Asphalt, on the other hand, is common because it’s one of the cheapest options for roofing materials. But in many cases, you’ll get what you pay for with it. Take a look at some of the benefits of cedar roofing and let us know which option you think is best for your home.

The Benefits of Cedar

Cedar roofs let your home breathe, making them one of the best ways to improve the quality of air in your home. You’ll improve air circulation in your entire home but won’t be exposed to increased moisture when you choose a cedar roof.

Cedar shingles are also durable and can resist everyday weather as well as unique hail storms or bug swarms. Strong winds also tend to do less damage to cedar roofs than roofs made of other materials. A quick installation from a top professional and a long lifespan can make cedar a strong choice for almost any home.

Many common problems associated with cedar roofs can also be avoided through diligence and planned maintenance. By staying on top of your cedar roof’s health, it’s easy to avoid rot or warping dangers if your weather is consistently rainy. Mold is avoidable with a treatment regimen and by including pruning in your landscaping plans.

A cedar roof can be a beautiful accent for your home. It’s an add-on that will raise your property value by adding to your home’s curb appeal.

Problems With Asphalt

Asphalt shingles are initially a very affordable roofing option, but this can quickly change when you need to replace your roof. Asphalt shingles don’t stand up well to the most common weather problems that a roof will face. Asphalt shingles are also prone to being ripped off during storms with strong winds, and heavy rains can quickly cause algae growths.

As an asphalt roof ages, UV exposure can worsen existing algae problems or cause more structural problems related to shallow grooves and pits where water can pool. While asphalt is more resistant to fire, it pales in comparison to the water-resistance and insulation capabilities of a cedar roof.

Making Your Choice

When it comes to your roof, you have the ultimate say in whether or not you take advantage of the many benefits of cedar roofing. At Cedar Roof Coatings, we are strong believers in the beauty, security and strength of a cedar roof.

Contact Us

Contact us online or give us a call at 203-847-5740 to learn more about the benefits and requirements of a cedar roof for your home, and see how we can work with your budget and your timeframe to turn your roof into the perfect home accent.


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