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Do Shingles Last Longer Than Wood Shakes?

One of the best ways to ensure your roof will last is to invest in quality materials. Some of the most popular roofing materials are shingles and wood shakes. While both provide protection and a shield for your home, personal belongings and family, there are some key differences between the two. The team at Scott Roofing Company has compiled this guide to help you understand the difference between shingles and wood shakes. When it comes time to replace your roof, you’ll be well informed of the options.

How Long Do Roofs Last?

Generally speaking, roofs are expected to last about 20 years. This timeframe can vary depending on several factors though, including:

  • Extreme climate (the scorching sun in Arizona can be especially harsh on a roof)
  • Inclement weather conditions, such as wind, rain, heat or snow
  • The quality of the installation and the knowledge of the installer
  • The quality of the materials used

Maximize Your Roof’s Lifespan

All roofs will receive normal wear and tear throughout their lifespan, but damage caused by any of the above factors can compromise the longevity of your roof. To ensure you get the maximum life expectancy out of your roof, it’s important to regularly perform checks and minor repair work. This will save you tons of money in the long run. Have a professional come to your home and provide a complete analysis of your roof, and then have any necessary repairs completed.

Shingles or Wood Shakes?

Wood shakes, like cedar, are often considered to be a premium roofing material for parts of the country. Typically wood roofs last between 15 – 20 years, depending on the grade purchased. The thicker the shake, the better the grade and the longer it will last – meaning the price is also a bit higher.

Wood shakes are meant to grow moss on them and swell with moisture in the air and rain. However, due to the extreme heat and dryness of the Arizona climate, wood shakes tend to dry out and split in half. For this reason amongst others, you might want to consider shingles for a roof in Arizona.

Asphalt shingles are a little more cost effective, and they can last for 20 – 40 years. They are a bit thinner than a shake and may not be as durable. If you decide a shingle roof is the right route for you, remember to have regular maintenance and inspections performed to ensure it lasts as long as possible.