Pros And Cons Of Different Types Of Wood Roofing

Posted on: 30 December 2015

Wood roofing can offer a touch of natural warmth and classic style to your home. The shingles come in a variety of neutral colors and both standard and decorative shapes. There are different types of wooden roofing and each has its own pros and cons that you should consider while meeting with roofing contractors.

Here are a few of the most common types of wood roofing and the associated pros and cons.

Wood Shakes

Wooden shakes are essentially shingles that were cut by hand at the start of the manufacturing process. The result is a thicker shingle that can add a textured appearance to your roof. Installation requires additional insulation due to the natural spaces created by the shakes, but this layout also helps drain water off the roof.

An individual shake has a distinct grain pattern due to how the shake was cut. Different shakes therefore don't match up as much as the more heavily manufactured shingle types. You might like the look of differing grains, but if the idea bothers you, go with shingles instead of shakes.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are cut from the same types of wood as shakes but using simpler tools and log types. The end result is a smoother, more uniform roofing material that still offers some natural beauty. Shingles, like shakes, can be stained a variety of colors to suit your outdoor décor scheme.

Wood shingles can be installed closer together than shakes, which require less insulation but also offer less run-off assistance. The shingles can also seem too uniform for some tastes.

Wood-Like Asphalt Shingles  

Wood shingles are beautiful but not the most durable roofing material around, which is why asphalt shingles have risen in popularity. Natural wood is susceptible to insect and weather damage that can make your roof high-maintenance. A more durable alternative can be found in wood-like asphalt shingles.

Asphalt shingles are low cost and durable against insects and the elements. The shingles can be cut and fabricated into a variety of styles during production. Wood styles are popular as the asphalt can mimic the grain and general appearance of either shingles or shakes.

The asphalt isn't so authentic looking as to fool someone looking at it from inches away. But from the distance from the roof to the ground, the asphalt provides a natural enough look if you prefer lower costs and lower maintenance even at the cost of a bit of visual appeal. For help with roofing and guttering systems, contact a business such as Unruh Seamless Guttering LLC.