You’re about to invest in your home by replacing the roof. Not only does this add value to your house for when you sell it down the line, but it also adds curb appeal.
When it comes to replacing a roof on a historical home, you have new challenges but also fresh opportunities. As Better Homes and Gardens points out, a roof can comprise around 40 percent of your house’s façade. Therefore, you can use a new roof to give your old home a beautiful facelift. Choose the right replacement roof for your historical style home.
Architectural Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are a good value for the money. They don’t cost as much as some of the more historical roofing materials, such as slate or wood, yet they last a long time. However, asphalt shingles can give your roof a decidedly modern look.
To avoid the modern look on your historical home, you could opt for architectural shingles. These are thicker than the standard three-tab asphalt shingle, and they’re installed in staggered layers. This gives the roofing more depth, allowing the interplay of light and shadow. You can also choose different shapes, such as scalloped.
An architectural shingle roof is ideal for roofs that take a darker shingle, including Victorian or Colonial homes. The scalloped shingles are especially beautiful for Georgian style homes.
Slate roofing is on the other end of the spectrum from asphalt in a lot of ways. For one, it can carry a high price tag. The beauty of slate is easy to discern because of its architectural profile and the shades of color in the natural stone. Keep in mind, though, that slate is a weighty material, so your roof framework may need reinforcement.
Besides beauty, one of the big benefits of slate is that it very durable. A slate roof can last up to 100 years with only minimal maintenance.
A slate roof looks beautiful on top of a Colonial home. Slate also complements other provincial styles, such as French or Victorian.
An alternative to natural slate roofing is synthetic slate. Synthetic slate shingles can be made of different materials, such as ceramic, wood fiber, virgin rubber, or crushed slate mixed with resin. Often, though, manufactures create them out of petroleum-based materials.
Synthetic slate is lighter, meaning you don’t have to reinforce the roof frame. The shingles are also less expensive than natural slate.
You can utilize synthetic slate shingles for the same style of homes that call for natural slate.
In the same vein as natural slate roofing is tile roofing. Manufacturers make clay tiles out of pulverized clay and water. You can choose flat or curved clay tiles. They also come in hundreds of glaze colors. Likewise, you can also choose energy-efficient and fire-resistant options.
Similar to slate, clay tiles are very heavy, thus necessitating frame reinforcement. However, clay tiles give your roof that architectural feel because of their strong profile.
Historical homes with a Mission or Mediterranean profile look best with clay tile roofs. Both those styles call for curved tiles. Flat clay tiles complement Cape Cod homes.
Wooden Shingles and Shakes
Wooden roofing was the go-to for hundreds of years, so it’s an ideal complement to historical homes. Modern varieties have been pressure-treated with fire retardant, though you can also augment this with sprayon retardant. Additionally, you’ll need to treat the wood with fungicide and preservatives periodically.
You have two options in wooden roofing. A shake has been split on one or both sides, giving it a more rustic appearance. A shingle has been sawn on both sides, so it’s smoother than a shake. Typically, manufacturers make both out of cedar, pine, or redwood. The wood ages beautifully, creating a different patina over time.
Wood shingles or shakes are common with Cape Cod and Tudor-style homes. Such a roof also looks beautiful on top of a New England saltbox house.
When you’re ready to replace the roof on your historical style house, contact the certified experts at Patriot Construction.