The Difference Between Asphalt vs Wood Shingles

You’re in the process of getting a new installation on your roof. What material should you use? What material will get you the lifespan you want? What’s the benefit of either one? What does the cost difference look like?

Revive Restoration understands the client concerns when it comes to choosing the right contractor and the right materials. With the experience our company holds, we always give our professional recommendation- However, we thought it could be helpful to shed some insight on the differences between asphalt shingles and wooden shingles with these 3 key components.


Wooden shingles are typically preferred over asphalt shingles when it comes the aesthetic of a home. People usually aim for the traditional looking house when choosing wooden shingles, but this also limits you from color, shape, pattern, etc. compared to asphalt shingles. Although Asphalt material is still relatively appealing, wooden shingles bring a classic curb appeal.


 With aesthetics you can expect more maintenance costs as well. Wooden shingles need to be free of leaves, branches, etc. in order for the roof to breathe. Moss can also potentially grow on a damp roof and cause the edges to lift- which in turn makes your roof more vulnerable in storms.

Wind and Impact

When it comes to wind and impact, cedar shakes have been proven to withstand high wind speeds. On the other hand, asphalt roofing isn’t likely to stick around if a bad storm was to roll around.


In conclusion, it depends on what you value the most for your home. If you are looking for more practicality instead of overall aesthetics, asphalt will likely be your best choice. On the flip side, if you’re looking for more curb appeal and can sustain the lifeline of your roof by frequent maintenance, cedar shakes would be the best option. Both materials are high quality and resistant to the outside forces. It all comes down to your preference and budget.

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Susan S.

I’m very pleased with the work done by Revive Restoration. Everything accomplished without a hitch. I would recommend them highly for any roofing job, mine looks fantastic! Micky did the communication with Insurance company which made it all very simple for me. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was for me. Thanks Revive Restoration for a job well done!

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Bon S.

Very late season and last minute scheduling on my part. Tear off & re-shingle of three roofs. Looks very nice! Clean-up could've been better, a few nails here & there and they missed cleaning the neighbors yard after the re-shingle (looks like they cleaned after tear-off though); the waste I picked out of neighbors yard was all new nails/trimming. Overall I'm satisfied with product and the service. Again the roofs look good. No damages noted.

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Mike T.

Truly one of the best contractors I have had the pleasure to work with. Fixed our storm damage in a timely manner with great communication along the way. Quality work. Really helped relieve some of the stress that always comes with these situations.

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