Four Choices For Roof Replacement On Historic Homes Built Before Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are an invention of the early 20th century, and if you are replacing a roof on a historic home, it may not have originally had these materials installed. Many homes built in the Victorian or other styles may have materials like shakes, stamped metal shingles or other types of roofing materials. If you are doing a historic renovation and want the roofing to look like the materials used during its construction, here are some materials you may want to consider for your roof replacement.

1. Metal Roofing Systems

Metal roofing can be a great material to use when reroofing an historic home. You have choices between standing seam systems, stamped metal tiles and shingles. All of these have their own benefits, and you can even get the look of materials like shakes or slate with stamped metal roofing. If your home originally had a decorative roofing material, there are stamped metal shingles that have decorative designs to give your home an attractive roof.

2. Wooden Shake Roofing Materials

Shakes are a type of wood roofing that can be seen on many historic homes. If you have an original shake roof, you may want to have it replaced with new shakes. There are materials that are pressure treated and fire resistant to address some of the hazards of shake roofs. If you live in a wet or dry climate, you may want to use a treated shake material for the replacement roof on your historic home.

3. Clay And Slate Roofing Tiles

Clay and slates are other great materials for the replacement of the roof on your home. If you have originally had a tile roof, these roofing materials can be used for the replacement of your roof. You can get tile roofing materials that look just like the original materials on your home. There are also concrete tile materials that you may want to choose for an affordable solution for your roof replacement.

4. Synthetic Roofing Systems

Not all homes can carry the weight of materials like clay and slate roofing, so there are synthetic materials that you can use instead. Synthetic slate can be made out of recycled rubber and plastic materials, and weighs less than real slate. If you want to have the look of tiles or slate, synthetic roofing can be a great solution for the roofing on your home and does not need to have the structural support of real tile materials.

These are some of the materials that you can use to replace the roof on your historic home. If you need help deciding what type of roofing materials will be the best for your project, contact a roofing contractor and ask them about using some of these materials.