Choosing roofing material is tricky business because you have to take into consideration numerous factors. Different people have different needs so there’s no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to roofs. And given the kind of responsibility roofs have in protecting your home, it is crucial that you pick out the right one. Out of the numerous factors you have to consider, architectural style is a great place to start because it has to do with what your roof will look like, which is a big consideration for a lot of people since roofs make up so much of a home’s exterior. So what goes with what?
● Asphalt and Fiberglass Shingles. These shingles in general work well with a range of architectural styles so, if you were eyeing getting asphalt or fiberglass shingles, you’re in luck as you don’t have to worry too much about matching them to your home’s design. Because of this, many builders default to shingles, most especially in Northern states as the roofing material can also withstand extreme temperatures.
● Wood Shakes and Shingles. Because of wood’s classical, traditional appeal, shakes and shingles are best for ranch- and cottage-styled homes. They can still be used on contemporary home styles but only with the right layout and design allowing old-world charm and modern aesthetic to co-exist.
● Metal. Simple and straightforward, metal roofs are nice complements to bungalows, cottages, and ranch-style homes. However, the roofing material can also feature different textures so it can also lend character to a home.
● Tile. Tile roofs are great for European-inspired homes, specifically Mission, Spanish, and Mediterranean architectural styles. Got adobe or stucco walls? They’ll also work well with tile roofs. A favorite in the Southwest, the roofing material is also one of the oldest around so it can be a great match if you’re restoring a historic home.
● Slate. Truth be told, slate will look good on any home because natural rock is simply naturally appealing. However, given the luxuriousness of the material, it will look best on Colonial, French, and Chateau-style homes.
In the next part, we’ll be exploring innovations in roofing materials to see how far roofing technology has come. Head on over to Part 3 of this blog series to learn more!