Cedar shingles cost more as compared to asphalt shingles when you consider roofing applications for your house. For the budget conscious consumer, asphalt shingles are a better alternative and will also last a long time because of its durability. Cedar shingles on the other hand, offer breathability for the roof and make your house feel cooler in warmer climates. They also offer a very distinctive look over asphalt shingles.
Installing cedar shingles requires a more complicated approach compared to asphalt shingles. You need to finish your roof first with roofing felt before installation. Asphalt shingles do not require this step and therefore makes it cheaper to install.
Cedar shingles also need to be maintained periodically in order to keep them from degrading. You need to treat them with chemical agents in order to keep them clean and prevent them from getting damaged in the long run. Asphalt shingles are more durable and will last a long time without maintenance.
When replacing your shingles, you have to again consider the cost of cedar versus asphalt. Cedar has many grades and the premium quality grade is the most expensive because of the purity and quality of the cedar wood used. For asphalt shingles, there are only two types, organic and fiberglass. Both are much cheaper than cedar because of they are produced in bulk which lowers production costs.
Asphalt shingles are also more durable and can last up to 30 years, depending on the environment they are exposed to. This in turn results in more savings in maintenance and replacement costs in the future. Again, cedar shingles cost relatively more in this aspect.