When going for a traditional or classic look that makes your home look part of the landscape, wooden shingles and shakes are hard to beat. The main difference between shingles and shakes are that shingles are sawn, which makes them smoother and more uniform and shakes are split, making them thicker and rougher than shingles. Various cedar species are typically used for the wooden shingles and shakes because of its natural decay resistance, but pressure treated southern yellow pine shingles are also gaining in popularity. In addition to the beautiful natural look, wooden shingles and shakes are also easy to repair and have a lifespan of 30 to 50 years. Some of the downsides to wooden shingles and shakes are that they do require higher maintenance, can be complex to install, aren’t the most durable roofing material, and are also not fire resistant.
Metal roofs are a popular choice for quite the variety of homes. Corrugated metal roofs have been the go-to option for barns, sheds, and other utility buildings for years, while higher end copper roofs are popular in mansions and public buildings as well as accent roofs over bay windows. Metal roofs typically come in sheets and are joined together in a variety of methods from soldering to standing seams. The material itself ranges in price from lower cost corrugated, galvanized metal, to powder-coated steel, to expensive high end copper. Although the initial cost of a metal roof may be high and it can be tricky to install, its durability, low maintenance, light weight, good life expectancy (40-80 years), and variety of styles make it an attractive option.
Regardless of the choices made available to you, it’s important to be knowledgeable of what’s available and make an informed decision that’s right for you.