Shingles are a great option for residential roofing in that you get good value for your money. You also have a couple of main choices for shingles. You have wooden shingles, which have been in use for centuries, and asphalt shingles. While asphalt shingles come with a lower installation price, wood shingles still hold an advantage in a couple of areas. 


One key to choosing a roof material is to consider future costs. The less often that you have to replace your roof, the more money you save in the end. Asphalt shingles will typically last for about 20 years. Wood shingles will last for at least 30 years, but they can last for much longer depending on how thick your shingles are. Thin shingles are prone to cracking and breaking, but thicker shakes can last for even longer. You should also get more life from a cedar shingle than other types of commonly available wood shingles. 


Your roof will have an important impact on the overall look of your house. For example, if you are going for a modern looking home, then asphalt shingles are not a bad way to go. They are ubiquitous in nearly every neighborhood across this country, so they definitely qualify as a modern roof. On the other hand, if you are trying to create a country or rustic look for your home, wood shingles will be your roofing material of choice. Pair them with log cabins, or cottage style homes to make your home look like it is fresh off the frontier or from yesteryear. 

Weather Resistance

Not surprisingly, asphalt tar is the main ingredient in asphalt shingles. This tar will break down under the sun's UV rays. Once this tar breaks down, your shingles will become brittle and prone to cracking. At this point, frost wedging or hail damage can create leaks in your roof. Wood shingles will not break down like tar under an onslaught of UV rays. Thus, wooden shingles can be a great choice for your home. 

Wooden shingles may not be the right choice for every home, but even though they are a centuries old roofing material, they are still a viable option for roofing today. If you are trying to go green, then wood shingles are a good choice in that they come from a natural, sustainable source. Talk with a roofing contractor to learn if wood shingles are right for your home.