Roof Replacement And Material Choices: 3 Tips To Help Match Roofing Materials To Architectural Styles


If you have old asphalt shingles, it is time to start thinking about roof replacement, which is part of routine home maintenance. When you have your roof replaced, you may want to consider upgrading the roofing materials for a longer lasting roof and to match the architectural style of your home. Today, you have more choices of premium roofing materials that fit different architectural styles:

1. Western-Style Architectures and The Best Choices for Roof Materials

If your home is western-style with stucco features and other details, asphalt shingles are not the best choice of roofing materials. Today, you have more choices of materials to give your home a western or Spanish-style look. Some of the materials you may want to use can be too heavy for lightweight wood roof structures, which is the case with clay tiles. Instead of conventional tiles, there are options such as stamped metal, PVC panels and synthetic lightweight roofing tiles. Many of these lightweight clay tile alternatives can replace asphalt shingles without the need to make changes to the supporting roof structure.

2. Rustic Architectural Styles and Choosing the Best Roofing for Designs

There are many different types of rustic architectural designs, which include cabins, log homes, and farm homes in rural areas. The choices of materials that you make will help accent the design of your home. If you have a log home or cabin on a small rural property, some of the choices that you may want to consider for a new roof include cedar shakes and standing seam metal roofing. For larger farm home design, different options of metal roofing are the best choice for a durable roof to replace old asphalt shingles.

3. Colonial, Plantation, and Northern European Architectural Styles and Premium Roof Materials

Many different types of European architectural designs are used in North America. These styles have developed into colonial and plantation designs. The roofs on these homes are typically larger and look best with premium roofing materials like slate. Some of the roofing materials that you may want to consider replacing asphalt shingles for these types of architectural styles include slate, wood shingles, and premium stamped metal roofing materials.

These are some of the different material choices to match the architectural style of your home when having asphalt shingles replaced. If your roof is showing signs of its age and you want to improve the appearance of your home, contact a roofing contractor like Emerald Roofing and talk with them about some of these options for your new roofing materials. 


6 May 2018

The Benefits of a Flat Roof

My name is Janet, and I am a professional architect and interior designer. While I love to design and decorate homes, I have recently developed another passion. I have fallen in love with the flat roof. Most people only see flat roofs in tall buildings in urban areas, but suburban homes can have them too. You can have a roof with a living space, a garden or even a pool. You simply need to design it so that water is adequately drained, and you can enjoy your roof almost as if it were an extra room. Explore the possibilities of flat roofs with me.