Metal Shingles vs Wood Shakes
There is a large difference between metal roof shingles and wood shake shingles. But what are the main things you should be considering when looking at a metal roof versus a wood roof?
Wood shingles are among the most expensive option when it comes to a new roof. Wood shakes can cost as much as $9 per square foot! For a roof that doesn’t last as long as a metal roof, that’s quite an investment with much less return.
Metal roofs are among the longest lasting roofing options out there. A metal roof can last upwards of 50 years! Wood shakes don’t last quite as long, surviving up to 30 years in ideal conditions.
Wood roofs are very vulnerable to large amounts of rain. Wood shakes in a damp environment are susceptible to mold, mildew and rot. Metal roofs are completely maintenance free. You won’t have to worry about rot or any natural decomposition.
While some wood shingles are treated with fire retardants and chemical preservatives, it’s no surprise that a wood roof is extremely flammable. Some building codes actually ban the use of wood shingles where there is higher fire risk. Metal roofs are not flammable at all and are the safest roof when it comes to fire risk areas.
Wood shakes are a high maintenance shingle. The wood needs to leave so it must be kept clear of leaves, branches and debris. The gutters must be cleaned regularly and ventilation needs to be kept open to allow airflow. Metal roofs require no maintenance at all. No need to worry about clearing debris or maintaining airflow. Just enjoy your metal roof.