Asphalt, Cedar, or Metal Roofing: What Sets Them Apart?

When you consider the possibilities for covering your roof, you will most likely think of shingles first. More technically known as asphalt roofing or asphalt shingles, these are on most houses in North America. However, if you pause for a moment, you'll remember that there are quite a few other options as well. Two of the most popular of these are cedar wood roofing and metal roofing. Here are some facts about each choice to help you decide which one to get:

Asphalt roofing is hugely popular for a few reasons. One is that it's easy to afford and, as far as roofing goes, fairly easy to install. Roofing companies have loads of experience with it because of its popularity, too, so you won't have any trouble finding one to put it on for you. When it comes to durability, however, its suitability is varied. Some are warranted for as little as 10 or 15 years, while other brands may have up to a 40-year warranty. The cost tends to rise in step with the warranty length.

Cedar wood roofing is unique and beautiful, so having this put on your roof instead of standard shingles will make your house stand out. However, it is more expensive than asphalt, and because it's made of wood, it may not last as long. Some say that it needs regular sealing in order to resist damage from being out in the elements. Finally, it is not insect-proof in all areas. Therefore, it is a choice to use when a natural look is the most important factor.

Metal roofing aims to meet another desire homeowners and building owners have: The desire for a roof that lasts "forever." While it won't literally last forever, it can easily go for 40 or more years without needing to be replaced. The trade-off is that it does not look natural. However, thanks to the rise in residential demand, it can look much better than the plain corrugated steel that you might see on a factory roof. In fact, some versions are very beautiful, just not in the "natural" way of cedar.

Since metal roofing lasts for so long, you will find that it is also more expensive than asphalt shingles. However, its durability and customization options make it a preferred option more and more often.

The final thing to do before becoming set on a choice is consider how much weight your roof can hold. If you have any doubts about this, you should talk to a roofer before making a firm decision on the material.