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Asphalt, Wood, or Slate Shingles? Compare These Roofing Materials

Slate Roof
You like the look of a shingled roof: the classic appeal of shingles will bring out the best of your home's curb appeal and give you a roofing style you will be proud of. While asphalt roofs are arguably among the most popular roofing material for homeowners, you also have slate and wood shingles to consider for your new roof.

Which is best for your roof, asphalt, wood, or slate shingles? Compare each of these roofing materials based on cost, durability, longevity, and maintenance and discuss your roofing desires with your roofer to see which type of shingle is best for your home.


Asphalt shingles are a popular choice among homeowners because the shingles are easy to install and are also relatively inexpensive - the average shingle costs around $100 to $150 per shingle, not including labor. 

You can lay asphalt shingles over an existing shingled roof, and replacement and maintenance are relatively simple. When a shingle is damaged or needs repairs, your roofer can simply replace the affected areas only, saving on labor costs.

A downside to asphalt shingles, however, is their durability and longevity. Expect an asphalt shingled roof to last only up to 30 years, depending on the type of asphalt material you choose: fiberglass or organic. Fiberglass shingles may be pricier to install but are more fireproof than organic shingles.

Wood Shingles 

Wood shingles are aesthetically pleasing and add a woodsy allure to your home. Typically made of cedar or redwood, shingles come in a variety of styles, including rounded edges or varying sizes of square or rectangular shingles, which can give your roof a unique allure.

Similar to traditional asphalt shingles, wood shingles are relatively inexpensive. Expect to pay $200 per 200 square feet of wood shingles installed. Wood shingles are somewhat durable, although the wood is susceptible to bloat, rot, and warping in extremely moist climates. Wood shingles are also easily damaged by insects and are not fire-resistant.

With regular maintenance (you will need to replace rotted or cracked shingles periodically), expect a wood shingled roof to last as long as a classic asphalt shingled roof. Depending on how the roofing material is installed and the type of climate you live in, you may even expect your wood shingled roof to outlast asphalt shingles.


Slate shingles are not only beautiful and streamlined, the material is designed to last as a roofing option. Professionally installed slate shingles can last up to half a century or longer.

Slate is more expensive than both wood and asphalt shingles, costing up to $23,000 for a whole roof. The average cost of slate roofing is around $1,000 to $6,000 per square foot installed. If you are on a tighter budget, opt for synthetic slate shingles, which cost less than traditional slate and are slightly less durable.

Slate comes in a few color varieties, although charcoal and brown are common hues of this natural material. Slate is extremely durable and requires little maintenance, although the roofing material is heavy and difficult to install. Repairs can be costly, but with this type of roofing material lasting nearly twice as long as both wood and asphalt shingles, the expense is well worth it.

Never install your new roof on your own, even if you are only making small repairs to your existing roof. Your roofing contractor will help you decide which shingle material will work best for your home and will install your new roof for you. Your contractor will also provide you with a guarantee or warranty of their services.

A new roof makes your home more attractive and helps preserve your home's foundation. Discuss roofing material options with our expert roofers by calling Roland's Roofing today.
Roland's Roofing Co.

6735 Low Bid Lane
San Antonio, TX 78250
Phone: 210-543-7663

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