Best and Worst Roofing Materials for a Queen Anne Bungalow

Queen Anne bungalows combine the ornamentation and asymmetry of a classic Victorian house with the smaller layout of a bungalow. The homes feature offset decorative windows, a roofed porch, dormers, and potentially wooden ornamental accents along the eaves. The home is topped with a gable roof that has a modified, mid-slope design.

If you need roofing replacement on your Queen Anne bungalow, there are a couple of key materials to keep in mind or rule out entirely. Discuss your specific options with your roofing contractors.

Best: Wood Shingles or Shakes

The wood ornamentation on a Queen Anne bungalow pairs well with wooden roofing in either the thick, rustic shake variety or the smoother, pressed shingle variety. Both wooden materials come from the cedar tree and are available stained in the color of your choosing.

Wood shakes and shingles can both add texture to the otherwise simple modified gable roof without pulling too much attention away from the ornamental accents on the Queen Anne bungalow. Wood has a mid-range price and is somewhat durable. You will need to watch for signs of insect or weather damage, but both problems can be fixed with some spot maintenance and repairs.

Best: Asphalt Shingles

Need to stick to a strict budget or want a low-cost, low-maintenance roofing material? Asphalt shingles meet these qualifications and more. The composite material comes in several different colors, textures, and patterns to replicate other roofing materials or simply create the roof design of your dreams.

Lightweight asphalt doesn't always pair well with gable roofs, as a traditional gable's steep sides can increase wind speeds and damage the shingles. But the Queen Anne bungalow's moderate-sloped gable doesn't have as much of a wind-damage risk. That risk drops even lower if you have close, tall neighboring homes or trees that can help block any oncoming wind.

Worst: Slate Tiles or Metal Roofing

The word "Victorian" brings to mind elegance, which can then bring to mind the idea of using slate tile as the roofing material. But the Queen Anne style is more subdued than the slate-tile style, and the gable roof likely doesn't have enough bracing to support the heavy physical weight of the slate tiles.

Metal roofing is more subdued than slate but a bit too subdued for the Queen Anne, which calls for a more classical or classic-looking roofing material. Metal material is typically utilized when a roof shape has problems with waterproofing or drainage, and neither problem is typical of the Queen Anne bungalow.