3 Best Roofing Materials For A New England Colonial Home

New England Colonial homes have a geometric shape, minimal ornamentation, and a saltbox style roof that starts off shorter and flatter in front then lengthens for a steeper backside. The homes were among the first distinct styles built by British settlers in America and preservation, and revival styles, have kept New England Colonials alive today.

Do you own a New England Colonial home that needs a new roof? There are a few key roofing materials that work well for both the home style and the roof style. Here are a few options you can discuss with your roofing contractors.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles don't have old world charm but do have low prices, decent durability, and fabrication methods that can make the shingles resemble other higher-end roofing materials. The pros can outweigh the cons especially if you have a tight roofing budget.

The light weight of asphalt shingles can potentially cause an issue if the steeper, rear section of your roof takes on frequent direct winds due to a lack of windbreaks in that direction. The oncoming wind can speed up due to the roof's slope and lift or damage those lightweight shingles. If your home has windbreaks or doesn't receive a lot of high wind in general, the risk for wind damage will prove minimal.

Wood Shakes or Shingles 

Shakes and shingles both refer to types of wooden roofing cut from the cedar tree, and the primary difference comes down to how the material was cut. Shakes have thicker more rugged appearances while shingles are more compressed but still more textured than flat roofing materials like slate or some asphalt shingles. Shakes and shingles can both be stained your choice of color and come sealed with a waterproofing agent.

Wood shakes and shingles can both compliment the siding of a New England Colonial home whether that siding has all wood, all brick, or a combination of the two. You can choose a color of stain that matches or contrasts with the siding depends on how much you want the roof to stand apart visually from the house.

Wood roofing does require a bit more maintenance than some other materials due to the possibility of insect damage and eventual weather-related warping.

Slate Shingles

Want to offset the rustic nature of the siding and the simple geometry of the house shape with a bit of classic elegance? Consider using slate shingles, which your roofing contractors can install in a pattern to match or mimic the brickwork of your siding.

Slate shingles have high durability and also a high price tag. But the total project costs for a saltbox roof tend to end up cheaper than many other roof types due to the minimal surface area. Slate shingles also come in a limited color range since the shingles are simply the natural colors of the stone. To learn more, contact a roofing company like Rainy Day Exteriors.