Wood and Metal
Metal is slowly replacing wood as a major residential roofing material. Cedar shakes and shingles have a classic, natural look, but they are typically less fire-resistant and require more maintenance than metal roofing. The wood must be painted, cleaned and dried regularly.
Metal roofs start at about the same price as cedar, but metal roofs require minimal maintenance and are very lightweight and weather-resistant. They look best on modern homes, and they are a good option in southeastern states because they can withstand tropical storms. They require professional installation, but homeowners can save money by covering existing shingles and avoiding tear-off costs.
Consider cost, durability, aesthetics and climate when choosing a roofing material. While asphalt shingles are the most popular material, stone, wood, rubber or metal may be the best choice for your home.