Roofing shingles come in several different styles, but wood shingles have a unique look of their own and can add character and charm to a home. You should be aware, however, that wood shingles come with their own set of problems and without proper preparation and maintenance can be a threat to your home.

Fire Hazard

Dried wood can be a fire hazard and wood shingles are no different. Lightening, embers from burning leaves, fireworks and other flammables can easily set a wood shingled roof alight. Ask any firefighter and they will tell you that this type of roof can combust extremely quickly. 

So, the question is, are the aesthetics of a wood shingled roof worth the risk?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear answer because it depends on the care and proper installation of the wood shingles. 

  • Wood shingles must be pressure treated with fire retardants and chemical preservatives to withstand any fire hazards that may occur. 
  • They must also be frequently inspected to check for dried, rotting or curled shingles. 

Another thought to consider, is that homeowner’s insurance rates can be higher for homes that have wood shingles installed instead of a traditional asphalt shingled roof. Some areas also have restrictions on wood shingles so make sure you check with your local county concerning their building code. 

So, while wood shingled roofs can create a unique aesthetic for your home, there are many important factors to consider before installing this type of roof.