Is there any composite roof material that resemble cedar shakes but is
proven to be more durable?
It's time to replace the roof, and I would like to use better material than
was available 20 years ago. However, the home owners association may frown
on anything that looks different than cedar shakes (most other home owners
replaced their roof with cedar shakes in the past 2 years).
i saw a product on some show (this old house?) that looked like shakes, but
was a concrete type of material. really heavy and expensive iirc. your roof
supports may not be enough for it.
I put on Gerard roof that looks like tile. A couple neighbors put on their
metal shingles that look like shake. Very pleased. After several years
they still look like new. Cost is about the same as cedar.
I really don't know how steep would be a problem. I get on mine
occasionally as I live in the west and have an evaporative cooler that needs
service. The panels are hung on 2x2s parallel to the roof line. So if you
put your weight there nothing will happen. They don't really bend if you
step in the wrong place. They pop a bit. It is quite easy to just pull out
a couple nails and pop them back into place with a nail bar.
I notice at their site that they now have something they put under the steel
in areas that you might want to walk.
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