Fake Wooden Shakes

Can anyone recommend a replacement for wood shakes or shingles with a similar appearance -- and don't break the bank?
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Guv Bob wrote:

There is metal tiles of all shapes, forms, and color. Another one is some kinda recycled tire product pretty think looking like shakes. I replaced shakes with German origin rolled steel ceramic coated tile sheets which has 50 year guarantee. It is known to last 100 years. I did not bother concrete tiles due to it's weight and worry of hail storm even tho my roof could take the load.
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My home is covered with Nailite.
Look it up, it's vinyl that looks like shakes. Never needs painting. I can't tell you the relative cost, just that it's one of my better investments.
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Thanks, TH, I'll check these out around here. Any material is fine for me as long as they don't break the bank and will hold up to a walking on it from time to time. Really have liked the wood shakes - they have lasted for 40 years. The last 10 years I have used a bundle or two each year replacing some, which has been a lot $$ & work than re-roof it. Also have to get city permit around her to re-roof, but not to repair up to a certain amount. I would keep doing it, but it's getting old and we've got a bottle rocket fan next door now ... and termites got a good foothold on it now.
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Guv Bob wrote:

Today's real shakes are not like old day ones. Their wood is too young and as a result it'll never last 40 years, LOL!. Also fire hazard.... In my case the reason I chose the metal tile is proven long life, light weight, hail, storm safe, fire resistance, etc. Costs little more than double ordinary shingles of top quality. I think part of the cost is for labor, it takes time to screw down every piece after lattice work is done. Install. crew was experienced with this particular stuff. Very hard working fellows from Ukraine. Took about 10 days to finish the job. Our house is 2 story ~2600 sq. ft.
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Sounds good. Vinyl is good - there are fences around here 20 years old or more that still look brand new. Can you walk on your roof without damage?
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Roof?
Sorry, the Nailite is siding material.
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