Tips For Choosing The Right Roofing Material For Your Colonial Revival Home

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Tips For Choosing The Right Roofing Material For Your Colonial Revival Home

10 June 2016
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Colonial Revival homes have a mishmash style that combines several architectural elements popular at the same time this style flourished, which was between 1880 and 1955. The homes are typically two stories with simple lines accented with ornamental features. But the roof is where Colonial Revival homes vary the most since there are a few different roof styles that can be present on a Revival home.

When choosing a roofing material for your Colonial Revival, it is important to take into consideration your home's specific roof style. The roof style can guide you and your roofing contractors towards the best material for your roof repair or replacement project.

Gabled Roof

Gabled roof is probably the first style that comes to mind when you hear the word "roof". A gable roof has two sloping sides that come together at a sharp peak. The slopes are typically steep but there are modified gabled roofs with lower slopes on the sides.

The benefits of a gabled roof are that the roof surface area is fairly small compared to most other roof styles, which makes it easier to keep your project costs down. Those steep sloping sides also make sure that there is ample interior space for you to enjoy.

On the downside, that ample interior space comes with a lack of bracing that makes a gabled roof a bad match for heavier roofing materials like slate tiles. And those steep slopes mean that overly light materials like asphalt shingles can also be a bad choice if your home doesn't have natural windbreaks around the roof sides.

What's a good middle ground roofing material that isn't too light or heavy? Wood shakes or shingles can fit the bill nicely and will add a touch of natural charm to your Colonial Revival home.

Hipped Roof

A hip roof has four equal sides that slope up slightly to meet at a shallow peak. The hipped roof is an improvement on the gabled roof in that there is better bracing and weight distribution of the chosen roofing material. But the hipped roof also has a larger surface area, which can make project costs higher than with a gabled roof.

Asphalt is a good match for a hipped roof if you have a tight budget. The hipped roof doesn't have the steep slopes that make asphalt a wind damage risk with the gabled roof. And the low cost of the material can help offset the larger surface area of the hipped roof.

If you do want to go with a higher-end material, wood and slate are both suitable for a hipped roof.

Gambrel Roof

A gambrel roof is also called a barn roof because those are the structures most commonly associated with this roof style. The gambrel only has two sides, like the gable, but the sides each have two different segments: a lower, steep-sloped segment that hangs down over the side of the house and an upper, low-sloped segment that meets the other roof side at a shallow peak.

A gambrel roof has a lot of surface area and has very little support underneath, which combines two of the worst aspects of the gabled and hipped roofs. But the shape of the gambrel also means that water easily sheds off the roof and that wind doesn't pose much of a risk, since the steep slopes are nearly vertical, so there is still some flexibility with roofing materials.

If your Colonial Revival home has a gambrel roof, consider going with asphalt, wood, or metal. Metal roofing has come a long way to look sophisticated on any home style but the material can even bring out the rustic nature of the gambrel roof even more. Contact a business, such as Chinook Roofing for more information.