Slate roofing shingles are elegant, classic, and durable. But slate is also a high-cost roofing material that's wasted on flat roofed homes where no one can see the roof from the ground. However, there are certain architectural roof styles that are a natural match for slate.
Here are a few roof styles that would be visually enhanced with the additional of slate roofing shingles.
A gabled roof is the type of roof often seen in coloring books. There are two sides that slant upward and in to connect at a point. Homes can have multiple gables on different sections that come together at a junction called a hip. Dormers, or small protruding architectural extensions with windows and small roofs, are also common on homes with a gabled roof.
All of these architectural elements mean that a gable roofed home has a lot of roofing visible from the street, which already makes slate shingles a great choice. Homes with gabled houses tend to be Dutch or Colonial Revival in style, and the charming antiquity of the house style calls for equally elegant shingles.
A mansard roof resembles a rectangular box with slightly slanting sides that end in a protruding roof "skirt." Everything but the very top of a mansard roof is visible from the street, and the bold shape means your roof is often noticed before the rest of the house. Slate tiles can help make that roof look attractive and elegant without taking away any more attention from the lower section of your home.
If cost is a factor, you can ask your roofing contractor to put a cheaper roofing material such as asphalt on the very top of the mansard. Then slate shingles can be laid down the sides and across the skirt.
A gambrel roof is the type typically seen on barn or barn-inspired houses. There are two upwardly sloping sides that turn inward at geometric hips that keep the sides from forming a straight side. There isn't much roof to see from the front of the house, but the sides of the roof are almost entirely on display.
If you have a home with close neighbors, you might not be worried about how those sides look. But if your home is in an open area or on a corner lot, you might want to consider slate shingles for display purposes. The natural beauty of slate can also help your home look less like an actual barn.
For more information, contact Three Rivers Roofing or a similar company.