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Metal Vs. Cedar Roofing

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Deciding on a material for your roofing system takes careful consideration and weighing several factors. You need to take your home’s environment into account, the size of your budget, the strength of your home’s structure, the color palette, and several other things that need to be considered before your roofing team can get to work.

It’s essential to do your research when considering a roof replacement project. The research will help you determine which roofing materials are best for your home and your budget.

Today, we’ll be discussing how metal and cedar roofing fare against one another so that you can decide if these roofing material options are the right fit for your home.


Metal and cedar are two vastly different materials, and thus they create entirely different aesthetics for your home.

Cedar roofing is available in two variations, shakes and shingles. Cedar shingles are neatly trimmed shingles that create a neat and tidy appearance for your home. Cedar shakes are a little more rugged in their appearance and add a more natural aesthetic to your home.

Metal roofing has come a long way from its plain grey metal panels. The roofing material is available in various styles and design options. Metal can be molded to create shakes, shingles, roofing panels; it can imitate stone, slate, and ceramic tiles. You can coat your roof in whatever color you desire, or you can embrace the warm, natural hues of materials like copper.


Metal roofing is designed to withstand some of the most brutal weather conditions. Metal is the leading roofing material in areas that experience hurricanes, tornadoes, and significant hail fall.
They’re able to shed large snow loads quickly, most metal roofs have high fire-safe ratings, and they’re able to reflect almost 80% of sunlight, which lowers their chances of being damaged by harmful UV rays.

Cedar roofing is made from western red cedar trees. These trees thrive in the natural environment, and when installed on your home, they offer you the same excellent protection. However, to get the best out of your cedar roofing system, they need to be regularly maintained, treated, and coated with fire and water-resistant coating.

Environmental Factors

Both roofing systems are made from natural materials, and thus both can be recycled once they’ve reached the end of their life cycle.

However, a new metal roofing system already consists of about 20% recycled materials, making it a great roofing option for homeowners looking to make their homes a little more environmentally friendly.

Cedar roofing systems are a great roofing option for homes in colder climates. The cedar’s natural insulating properties help keep your home warm during the winter, allowing you to reduce your energy bills.

If your home is in a hot and humid climate, you’d want to opt for a metal roofing system. Metal roofs are fantastic at reflecting the sun’s rays, thus keeping your home so much cooler during the hot summer months.

Whichever roofing option you choose, you can count on BRAX Roofing to deliver excellent roofing solutions for your home.

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