Most Realistic cedar shake metal roof

Anna Compton
I am the new owner of a 1931 tudor/storybook style home and it needs a new roof. The county would like us to replace the roof with metal, which is an appealing idea because of the longevity and low - no maintenance. The roof our house is very visible and the shake is part of the character of the house. What is the most realistic looking metal roofing product you've seen? Second, part of our roof has a swooping roofline, will metal product bend slightly to fit the curve of the roof? The third part of my question is that we have a round turret with a conical roof on top. Can metal roofing be applied to that or would it have to be custom made to fit? I like the look of some of the cooper roof caps that I've seen, but I'm assuming those are all made to measure and costly. It would also change the look of our house so my first preference would be that it look like shake as it is now, is this even possible?
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
Thank you for your post. That is a lovely home. The swoop will have to be investigated because most of the heavy shake roofs require at least a 3:12 pitch and I suspect that your swoop goes less than that. That concerns me. The only heavy shake I have seen used on a turret is Rustic Shingle. This is an aluminum product. A photo of this product on a turret is attached. Hopefully others will know of other products but this is the only one I know of. As far as realistic appearance ... beauty is in the eye of the beholder. MRA members manufacturing shake look products include: ATAS, Classic Metal Roofing, Edco, Future Roof, Gerard, Kassel and Irons, Metro Roofing, and Steel Rock. I hope this helps. All Best.
John Willingham
Metal shingles are manufactured to resemble wood shakes, Spanish and mission tile, slate, and Victorian metal tiles. Most are made from painted or coated steel or aluminum that has been pressed or formed into realistic shapes. Some metal shingle roofing materials are amazingly convincing in appearance. Producers of painted metal products reduce tell-tale sheen by texturing the metal, layering the finish, and giving granulated-stone topcoats. These products, typically tile or slate lookalikes, are hard to distinguish from the real thing.

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