AUGUST JLC 1997 00 These days, code officials, insurance companies, and homeowners are pressuring builders to find alternatives to conventional roofing products. In fire-prone areas, new codes prohibit wood roofing; in many cases, even fire-retardanttreated wood shakes and shingles are illegal. In regions susceptible to earthquakes, high wind, and hail, insurance companies are pushing builders to use roofing with better survivability. Finally, homeowners' associations are creating covenants that require alternatives to asphalt roofing, and individual owners are asking for roofing materials that are environmentally sensitive and have longer life expectancy. Fortunately, manufacturers offer several alternative roofing materials that meet these demands, although each product must be evaluated in the context of the region and environment