Maryland Blogger: Roof Replacement Options in Kentlands

Roof Replacement Options in Kentlands

Roof Replacement Options in Kentlands


For twenty-five years or so, cedar shingles were the only acceptable roofing materials for homes in Kentlands, our home community within the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Any other materials must be approved by the Kentlands Historical Trust Committee. 

The Trump tariffs which have resulted in a 20.83% duty on wood shingles imported from Canada have caused a dramatic increase in the cost of cedar shingles. Home owners are now considering alternatives including metal roofs and synthetic slate shingles from DaVinci and EcoStar. We are considering EcoStar products for our home. 

The Kentlands Historic Trust Committee must now consider what changes, materials and colors will be acceptable for roof replacements. Their next meeting will take place this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Kentlands clubhouse.

What are your thoughts on the use of metal roofs or synthetic slate options for roof replacements?


Stella De Oro Daylilies, Kentlands, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 5020 Canon PowerShot G11 Camera Photograph by Roy Kelley  Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Stella De Oro Daylilies, Kentlands, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 5020
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley 
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Comment balloon 10 commentsRoy Kelley • September 04 2018 08:00PM


Good morning, Roy Kelley personally, I don't like the look of either of those roofs.... I'm fond of architectural shingles....  but the options you gave have a longer life and that's the reason people select them.... I'd rather spend the money and change the roof after 30 years....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 13 days ago

Good morning, Roy... I really have no thoughts... in my area architectural shingles are what we see the most. In our subdivisions, typically if you go "outside" the "look" of the community you would need to get permission for the change. But while I see lots of roof replacements, I don't normally see roof materials change. Can't remember the last time I even saw a metal roof.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) 13 days ago

Good morning Roy. For endurance I like metal or slate but it is hard to beat an Architectural dimensional shingle for endurance. As for cedar, great looking but always expensive! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 13 days ago

Good morning Roy.  My first choice would probably be a metal roof, depending on your home and how it will look.  Second, would be slate.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 13 days ago

Roy, with our hail often throughout the year, many builders are going with concrete tile roofs, with lifetime warranties.   Best of luck on your roof material change.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 13 days ago

I have never studied roofing materials, but it seems like a metal roof would be a lot more solid than wood or shingles.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 13 days ago

Good afternoon Roy -  either way I am sure those shingles are expensive. 

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 13 days ago

Lumber prices are up more than 30% since January. The tariffs are part of it and supply and demand the other part.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 13 days ago

Dear Roy,

If you can afford standing seam metal, it is very durable & long-lasting. Also not a fire hazard. Synthetic shingles may be a problem, if you or one of your neighbors ever has a fire. For that, even cedar would be much better. They tend to char & then stop.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) 12 days ago

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 8 days ago