Colonial-style roofs tend to have gabled roofs, which have sides that slope up to meet at the center and create a triangular shape. A gabled roof is highly visible from the street and can include angular hips to add additional visual interest and roofing architecture concerns. Choosing the right shingle material for a roofing repair can ensure that your Colonial remains stylish, secure, and free of water leaks.
Here are a few of the best shingle options for a Colonial home. Discuss the options with your roofing contractor to find out what is best for your specific situation and house shape.
Cedar shingles offer a natural look that has more earthy warmth than slate shingles. The natural variations in the texture and color of the wood will help give your gabled roof more visual appeal. Wood shingles can also help better insulate the upper rooms or areas of your home.
Wood does have its downsides. The shingles do require maintenance to remove any rot or insect damage. Although the shingles are treated with a fire retardant, wood is still naturally flammable and this can become a problem in case of a house fire. If your house has hips, wood shingles will also have problems forming a tight enough seal on the corners to keep water out.
Metal Shingle or Seams
Metal roofing might not sound like the most stylistic roofing option. But modern standing seam styles can create a similar geometric appeal to more expensive roofing options. And the metal shingles can be fabricated to mimic the look of wood or slate roofing, though the metal won't match the same textures and colors found in the natural shingles.
Metal is durable, insulating, and thin enough to install over existing roofing material. The seams can also be snapped together tightly around the edges of hips to keep the water away.
Though the shingles aren't overly expensive, the installation process requires intricate knowledge and techniques. This means that installing a metal roof can be one of the costlier roofing types. But all of the positive qualities can make it well-worth the initial cost for the long-term benefits.
Asphalt shingles, like metal, can be crafted to resemble wood or slate shingles at a fraction of the price. The end result won't be quite as elegant, but the savings might make the decision.
The installation process for asphalt is easier than metal and thus cheaper. Asphalt shingles are fairly durable but can suffer damage in high heat or high winds. The shingles might also have difficulty closing in around a hip to seal the edges shut. Contact a company like Gulfside Roofing Inc for more information.