Special Considerations When Choosing A Roofing Material For A Shingle-Style Home

Shingle homes have a style that simultaneously blends into the environment while beckoning in guests with a welcoming, homey appeal. The homes can feature a variety of different attractive elements including a large front porch, dormers or towers, and multiple wings to the house that create overlapping roofs.

If you have a shingled home that's in need of roof repairs or restoration, there are a few factors to keep in mind while selecting materials with your roofing services contractors.

Hipped Roof or Overlapping Gables?

The main consideration is the type of roof that is on your home. Some Shingle homes have a hipped roof, which is one large roof with four equal sides that have low slopes and meet at a small peak. Others have gabled roofs, which have two steeply sloping sides with a sharp peak, on each wing of the house that can create overlapping gables if the wings have different numbers of stories. Each of these roof styles has particular considerations.

Hipped Style Roof: Large Surface Area, Adequate Bracing

The large surface area of the hipped style roof can mean that your project budget will be higher than with smaller roofing projects. If budget is your top concern, look at asphalt shingles as your roofing material. The asphalt is crafted in a variety of colors and textures to suit any home style. The asphalt is also durable against insect damage and most weather elements.

But the hipped style also has adequate bracing if you would want to go with a higher end, and heavier, roofing material like slate tile. Slate is elegant, available in naturally beautiful colors, and able to be laid in intricate brick patterns that can bring out the lines of your home's roof better than any other roofing material.

Overlapping Gables: Low Surface Area and Bracing, Good at Shedding Water

Having one or more gables can still add up to less surface area than one large hipped roof, which makes it easier to keep gabled roof projects to a tighter budget. Asphalt can help the budget, too, but only if your roofs have natural windbreaks in place that can keep the asphalt from taking on too much direct wind.

The light weight of asphalt is a blessing in some situations and a curse in others. If you have gabled roofs without windbreaks, the wind can rush up the steep slopes, gaining speed, and rip off the asphalt shingles as the wind passes. If you have windbreaks around your home or your home has modified gabled roofs, which feature lower slopes, asphalt might still be a material option for you.

Another matter to consider is that the gabled roofs don't have a lot of bracing to support heavy materials like slate. So asphalt would again be a good fit, bearing potential wind damage, but so would wood shingles. The wood shingles are a bit higher maintenance but would blend beautifully with all of the wooden design elements featured elsewhere on most Shingle-style homes. Contact a business that offers roofing services for more information. 

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