Important Considerations When Choosing A Roofing Material For A Rectangular Turret Roof
Turrets started as a defensive structure built into castles. Modern homes with turrets use the structures as more of an architectural accent than defense strategy but the turrets still make a bold impression. Rectangular turrets, which tend to flank the main roof at a higher position, are a particularly striking addition to a home.
If your home has rectangular turrets that are in need of new roofing or roof repair, there are some important considerations when choosing the best material with your roofing contractor.
Low Visibility from Ground
The roof of a rectangular turret is across its very top, which has a nearly flat slope and points upwards at the sky. The roof position combined with the sheer height of the turret bodies means that no one is going to be able to see the roofs of your turrets while standing on the ground. You don't need to shell out a fortune on slate or clay tiles for the sheer elegance of those materials because no one will see the tiles.
The low visibility opens up the possibilities of using cheaper materials like asphalt shingles, metal roofing, or, if you want to stick with a classic, wood shakes or shingles. Lower cost materials don't have to sacrifice quality or the waterproofing inside your home.
Flatter Pitch has Poor Drainage
The flatter pitch of the turret roof means that water can potentially pool and start to seep through your roofing. There are several roofing materials that can help with drainage including asphalt shingles and wood shingles, which are laid in a pattern that facilitates drainage.
But you should also consider metal roofing because of this characteristic. Standing seam metal roofing snaps together tightly to protect your roof from pooling water. And the valleys formed by the vertical standing seams give the water an easier pathway to the drain system for your turrets or roof.
Potential Wind Damage
A flatter sloped roof normally doesn't have to worry much about wind damage since the sides of the roof protect the middle section. But the height of the turrets means their roofs can take on more wind from more directions than a typical flat roof. The problem is still really only an issue if you live in a high wind area and there aren't any windbreaks near your home.
If wind is a major concern, you should avoid using asphalt shingles, which are so lightweight that the wind can loosen or tear off the material. Asphalt is cheap and easy to repair so, again, you should only keep this in mind if high winds are a frequent occurrence.