Wood or Composite Roofing Shingles: Pros and Cons

May 13, 2022

Wood shakes and shingles made of spruce, cedar, or redwood have a unique and expressive aesthetic and durability. Plus, they’re easy to maintain and are inexpensive. However, composite roofing shingles made from PVC, fiberglass, and other materials increasingly dominate the market. Here is an in-depth comparison of the two roofing materials.

Wood Roofing Shingles

Wood shingles are a popular choice for homeowners looking to save money on their energy bills. Wood shingles are a great alternative to more expensive options such as asphalt shingles, which can cost 10 times as much. Wood is also environmentally friendly.


High Curb Appeal

Wood’s natural grain and color is appealing to the eyes. In addition, you can use various coating to suit it to your home’s current color scheme.

Dense and Perfect Wind Resistance

A wood roof is excellent at stopping wind from penetrating and causing damage. Wood roofs are typically made of long wooden planks that overlap each other. This creates a tight seal, which prevents air from entering the building while preventing lift simultaneously because of their density.

Impact Resistance

Wood cedar, redwood, and spruce shingles have high impact resistance because it is a durable wood with exceptionally high density and weight.


Poor Fire Resistance

Wood is highly flammable, even if you use special anti-fire coating on it.


Wood roofs can suffer from hailstone damages severely than asphalt shingles and metal roofs, requiring maintenance in the process.

Rotting and Insects

Insects thrive on organic roofing material like wood, weakening the latter’s integrity once moisture infiltrates it. Additionally, wood ages, leading to dry rot as it ages and suffers from wear and tear.

Composite Roofing Shingles

Composite shingles are a combination of materials that typically vary in thickness and composition, with the core being a specially formulated lightweight, fire-resistant material. They are able to withstand the weight of snow and ice without damage because they are constructed of layers of clay, rock, and sand.



Composite roofing uses multiple materials to create a weather-resistant surface that is tough, durable and strong.

Fully Customizable

Composite roofing has customizable panel colors and textures that can be altered to match existing home schemes.


Most of the materials used to build composite roofing systems are natural and come from a renewable source.



The materials and labor cost is higher for making a composite roof compared to a traditional roof because it uses multiple materials and specialized machinery.

Unregulated Industry

Composite roofing shingles comply with general regulations on material durability, strength, and tolerances. However, there are no composite roofing shingle-exclusive regulations that exist in the country.

Odd Aesthetic

In most projects, composite roofing shingles look great. Upon coming closer, homeowners will notice its odd and unnatural appearance. Fortunately, you can use acrylic coating to modify it to your aesthetic needs.

If you have yet to find a wood shingle and shake roof installer, you can always use Turbo Roofing’s reliable team to provide you with everything you need. Contact us today.