Composition shingles are durable and dent-resistant, but they can sometimes be jarred loose in inclement weather. Wood shingles are durable as well, although they are prone to damage or rotting over time.
Composition shingles are available in a wide variety of different colors and styles that will match almost any home theme. Cedar shingles have a natural beauty that many prefer, but do not offer as much versatility.
Fiberglass composition shingles are often made from recycled content, which is environmentally beneficial. Wood shingles help the environment as well by providing valuable insulation that reduces energy usage.
Composition shingles are easy to install, while wood shingles sometimes require professional assistance that can add to the initial purchase price.
Composition shingles generally only last between 15 and 30 years, while wood shingles can last anywhere from 30 to 50 years if cared for properly. Composition shingles handle fire much better than their wood counterparts.