Cedar vs Metal Roofing: Advantages And Disadvantages

Ceramics. Asphalt. Terra cotta. Rubber. These are just a few of the many roofing options Pittsburgh residents have at their disposal. Today, though, we are going to focus on two styles growing in popularity: cedar and metal. Both are high-quality and practical investments that offer a significant return on investment over much of their mainstream competition.

Our goal at Home Genius Exteriors is to give you the essential information you need to decide between the two. We understand personal preferences, needs, and aesthetic preferences vary, which is why we strive to be impartial. Therefore, without further ado, here is everything you need to know about cedar and metal roofing.

Life Expectancy

Metal roofs come in many different forms, including galvanized steel, aluminum, zinc, and copper. These metals have a wide variety of lifespans with each metal having its own distinct properties. Generally speaking, homeowners can expect their metal roofs to last 40 to 70 years.

Cedar roofs are slightly less durable because of their vulnerability to climate, fire, and moisture. These conditions can deteriorate cedar shingles more quickly than metal roofs. The lifespan of cedar roofs is typically 30 to 40 years.


Metal roofing is the look of the future. It can add an aura of modernity and sleekness to any home. Of course, some homeowners might find that same edginess to be restrictive or dull.

Cedar shingles work best with older homes, but we’ll be damned if they don’t look gorgeous on any rooftop. The wooden finish provides a natural aesthetic that works perfectly in a suburban or rural area. For our money, cedar is among the most beautiful and versatile looking roofing materials on the market.


Cedar shingles cost between $2 to $3 per square foot installed. Depending on the material, metal shingles can run anywhere from $7 to $12 per square foot installed. Now, this head-to-head might seem like a clear win for cedar, but it is not quite so simple.

For instance, you will probably have to replace your cedar roof twice before replacing a metal roof, which doubles the overall installation costs in the long term. Metal is also significantly easier to repair because the materials are recyclable and simple to maintain. That means you will spend less time and money on repairs and replacements.


Global warming has put homeowners on red alert when it comes to making their homes eco-friendly. Metal is one of the most durable options available because the materials are simple to replace and recycle. Metal also reflects solar radiation and provides improved insulation of traditional roofing material.

If you go for a cedar roof made of composite materials, you can rest assured knowing that 95 percent of each shingle is recycled. Cedar roofing also minimizes a roofer’s reliance on industrial plastics, rubber, and oil. These combine to reduce emissions and landfill waste. The only con here is that you need to cut down trees to make them possible.

Haven’t quite made up your mind on which roof to go for? No worries. Give Home Genius Exteriors a call and we’ll guide and help you decide which roofing material is best for your home.

Customer Reviews


“Excellent service from start to finish! The inspector was highly knowledgeable about roofing and other specialties. They were able to provide multiple quotes for my roof, gutters, windows, and siding almost instantly after the inspection. The communication from the project manager and others were superb during the job. Quality and service worth every penny! As a contractor myself, I highly recommend this company.”

Sean J.

“I’m very impressed with Home Genius Exteriors. From the sales opportunity, to ordering, and finally execution everything was smooth sailing. Rob, who sold us our roof, was educated on the product and process. He answered all my detailed questions with patience. A special comment must be left for our Project Manager, Mike, who went above and beyond in every way. He was always available, answers all our questions, thoroughly reviewed the work was done, and even let us know that he is available after the project with any questions. You can tell he truly takes pride in his work. I have worked with others, and so has my family, and I’ll tell you right now we’re sticking with Home Genius Exteriors for all future projects due to Mike’s customer service. Highly recommended company to work with! Our roof is gorgeous.”

Anthony L.

“Home Genius did a great job, we really appreciate the work they did for us, both Trey and Pablo were efficient, kind and very knowledgeable. The crew was amazing and they were able to install the roof before it started to snow, Thank you everybody at Home Genius, From call center to the salesman, the entire process was pain free an very easy to understand . We highly recommend”

Cynthia B.

“We very much appreciate Mr. Hunter spending time to understand and address our concerns regarding the leaks we have had the last couple of years. He provided us with a quote promptly and accurately. He explained thoroughly and transparently the costs involved in the project. We were made aware of different materials and their workings. He has extensive knowledge about exterior work. I would definitely recommend Home Genius Exteriors for your next project.”

Bipin K.

“I replaced the roof and gutter, not my first time on the project. It's my first time working with Home Genius. I'm glad I chose this company. The crew that represent the company ( Buddy, Alex, Tim, Pablo, and the crew) are the greatest persons I've met. Very professional, pleasant, respectful, and they show up on time, they all take their time to explain all my questions/concerns and show me every step of the project. I am grateful to be served by these wonderful people and company.”

Kidest K.

“Met today with Sam. He was very knowledgeable, professional and forthcoming about what we needed to have a complete, safe and professional job completed in a very timely manner. He spent 6 hours with us making sure we were 100% satisfied and comfortable with everything. I would definitely recommend this company in the future!!”

Suzanne R.

“Home Genius Exteriors replaced my entire roof and they were absolutely amazing. They were professional, did quality work, and had great customer service. We had missing shingles and Home Genius was able to complete our roof in less than a week from the estimate! Melissa did the estimate and was very knowledgeable and helped us make the best decision for our home. Casey was the project manager and she communicated all the information we needed, was on top of everything with the project, and was even helping clean up after the work was complete to make sure the yard was safe for my kids. Would definitely recommend Home Genius 10/10 they went the extra mile!”

Catherine G.

“Home Genius has provided great service from the start of the project until the end. From the moment I met Brady Phillips, the home remodeling expert, my experience has been amazing! He explained everything from the products that would be used, of my choice until the end of the project. I really loved the professionalism and consideration of the workers and also the project manager. The project manager notified me of every step. I appreciate the workmanship. Thank you again Home Genius and I have already begun recommending this company!”

Sharnita A

“Sam from Home Genius Exteriors came out to our home. He was professional, incredibly thorough, patient, and friendly. He answered all of our questions. We went with Home Genius Exteriors on the spot. We had such peace of mind knowing the work would be completed with quality and care! Highly recommend!!”

Thespina G.

“Casey is amazing and totally sold me on my new roof. She covered all bases with her knowledge of each aspect of the job and really made me feel at ease. The crew worked quickly and got the job done over two days. Minor cosmetic concerns were promptly dealt with. All in all I can’t really complain and they will see more business from me in the future!”

James P.