Although a modern housing design generally incorporates asphalt shingles and vinyl siding, there is a timeless classic beauty to cedar shakes as either roofing or siding. As to the roof, metal roofing is also becoming popular for environmental reasons, and copper highlights on portions of the roof can provide a special unmatched elegance.
Most people have design features they've always liked and want incorporated into their current house. It's your house, so you can do what you want, but sometimes it is a good idea to check with a designer or contractor about what is going to look nice and what not fit a particular house style. A copper roof for example, can look great on a small cabin style home with a simple roof, but may serve better as highlights on a larger house with an elaborate roof design incorporating multiple valleys, extensions, and different layers because the entire roof structure can become too intricate and take away focus from the rest of the home's exterior.
Copper gutters are always a nice accent to a roof. They can be cleaned or coated in order to maintain a beautiful new appearance, or they can be allowed to take on a wonderful patina over time. As with any home accent piece, too much can become gaudy whereas the proper amount such as the gutters can add a nice touch which your friends and neighbors will find impressive.
Cedar Shake Roofing
Cedar shake roofing has always been recognized as a durable product which will last forever if properly maintained over the years. At a glance it may seem more expensive than other roofing styles, but it's certainly a case in which you get the value of what your paying for. Just like any other building project, it's always a good idea to discuss your options with your contractor and make an informed decision about what's going to work best.
Copper Accents with Cedar Roofing
Yet another option to incorporate copper accents onto a roof is to consider using it for an extension, perhaps over a bay window or entrance hall. When driving around town or looking at home design pictures online, you'll likely see many ways which incorporate copper roofing as a small accent which adds class and sophistication to the home without becoming so prominent as to detract from the rest of your beautiful home's focal points.