Metal Roofing Vs Wood Shakes

Wood shakes are a popular choice for roofing due to their natural aesthetic. Metal roofing is gaining popularity due to its unique natural look with many design options.

When comparing metal roofing vs wood shakes, it’s important to note each material’s durability. Wood shakes, when exposed to the elements, start to decompose over time. Unfortunately, this leaves your home susceptible to damage. Metal roofing lasts a lifetime with a complete guarantee.

Trying to compare metal vs wood shake roofing? We can help. Below we compare the two side-by-side.

Feature EDCO Metal Roofing Wood Shake Roofing
Moisture
  • Does not absorb moisture
  • Doesn’t perform as well against moisture which can weaken the wood and make it brittle and easily break.
Appearance
  • Weathered shake or slate look
  • Rustic or natural wood look
Warranty
  • Lifetime non-prorated limited warranty that is transferable
  • 30 to 40-year fade warranty (depending on the roofing product)
  • Varies by manufacturer
  • 30-50 years is typical depending on the treatment of the shakes in manufacturing process
Fire Resistance
  • Class A fire rating can be achieved when installed with a fire rated underlayment
  • Not resistant to fire
Installation
  • Easy to install
  • Lightweight
  • Interlocking panels for maximum wind resistance
  • Can walk on the metal shingles without damaging the panels
  • More time consuming and complicated to install properly
Sustainability
  • Manufactured with at least 25% recycled steel
  • 100% recyclable
  • 100% reusable, recyclable, biodegradable and renewable
Weight
  • Approx. 45 lbs per 100 sq. feet
  • Approx. 200 - 400 lbs per 100 sq. feet
Durability
  • Easily acclimates to any weather condition and will not chip, crack or peel
  • UL Class 4 Impact Rating, the highest impact rating available
  • Resistant to mold and mildew growth
  • Can help prevent snow and ice from accumulating which means Ice dams are unable to form
  • Durable in most elements outside of rain.
  • Average life expectancy is 30 years if well maintained.
Wind Resistance
  • Withstands wind speeds up to 160 mph
  • Withstands wind speeds up to 173 mph
Hail and Fade Protection
  • 30 to 40-year fade warranty (depending on the roofing product)
  • Lifetime hail protection
  • Impact resistant
Maintenance
  • Little to no maintenance required
  • High maintenance required every couple years to remove moss and other fungi that can retain moisture and damage the shakes.
  • Chemical treatments are needed tor fire and moisture resistance.