Exterior, House Building Type, Gable RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, and Shingles Roof Material When Marlene and E. Dale Adkins’s home of 22 years, a 1960s ranch house in Greenspring Valley, Maryland, was lost in a fire in 2013, the couple vowed to rebuild. Finished last year, their new home is covered in dark slate shingles for the sides and roof, Cor-Ten steel accents, and charred cedar for the gable fronts.  Photo 1 of 14 in After a Fire, a Maryland Couple Turn to Charred Wood to Rebuild Their House