Cost & Considerations for Cedar and Asphalt Roofing

The most common roofing material used in Edmonton is asphalt, but more and more homeowners are choosing to install cedar shingles or shakes on their homes. In some neighbourhoods, wood shakes are required by that community’s specific neighbourhood architectural guidelines.  If it’s time for a roof replacement, there are some important things to consider when choosing a roofing material. True North Exteriors in Edmonton shares the costs and considerations for cedar and asphalt roofing.

Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt roofing is common because it does the job of protecting your roof at a friendly cost. This less expensive option can last 15 to 20 years and might need the odd repair during it’s lifespan but will cost much less than a cedar roof to install.

How much will an asphalt roof replacement cost?

Cost will vary depending on the size of your roof, how complex it is and the type of asphalt singles you decide to use. For the most accurate estimate, you should contact True North Exteriors. To give you a ballpark idea, an online guide for roof costs estimates that the average single detached home roofing replacement costs about $3,700.

Pros and cons of and asphalt roof:

The biggest advantage of a quality asphalt roof is the price tag. This cost-effective roofing option can provide protection for your house, it’s fire resistant and generally easy to repair. When properly installed using quality materials, and in the right conditions, your asphalt roof can last for decades. Asphalt shingles also come in a range of colours, patterns and shapes to match your home’s exterior design.

Unfortunately, asphalt is not as durable as it’s cedar shake counterpart. Heavy winds can cause asphalt shingles to peel or blow away. South facing slopes can suffer damage from the sun’s UV rays and start to curl and come apart and even fallen branches can damage an asphalt roof.

Cedar Roofing

Most people choose cedar shakes because of aesthetics. It’s hard to beat the classic beauty of a natural wood roof. If the cedar roof is properly installed and the shakes are treated, the roof can last up to 30 years in ideal conditions. The climate in Edmonton is relatively dry, so you won’t have to worry as much about your cedar shakes getting damp and attracting mold, mildew and rot. Because of our drier climate, cedar roofs usually don’t suffer moss growth either.

How much will a cedar shake roof replacement cost?

The same online roof cost estimator prices cedar wood shakes between $3.50 to $4.50 per every 100 square feet on your roof surface. If your roof is 2000 square feet, then you can expect to spend up to $9,000 or more on your roof replacement. This estimate is just for the cedar shakes alone and doesn’t include demolition of the old roof, underlayment, installation costs and other work involved. You can add that to the $9,000.

Pros and cons of a cedar roof:

Wood is a natural insulator, so your cedar roof will help boost your home’s energy efficiency. Unlike asphalt, wood will not absorb heat as much which means your attic insulation and ventilation system won’t have to work as hard to keep the home cool in the summer. Wood shakes are also more resistant to wind and impact from falling debris.

A wood roof replacement is much more expensive than an asphalt roof. However, a cedar roof is also more valuable than an asphalt roof. If you are looking to replace your old cedar roof – choosing asphalt as a replacement will instantly diminish the resale value of your home. Buyers will be attracted to your home’s exterior and the value of your cedar roof.

Roofers in Edmonton

True North Exteriors offers a range of exterior home renovation products and services. They ensure every costumer is satisfied by providing quality services and reliable products and their professional and experienced in house formed crews will perform outstanding work for your next house project. From a new roof, new windows, eavestroughs, siding, deck or even a new garage they will be happy to provide you with the best workmanship possible.

Contact True North Exteriors for a free quote!


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