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2 Best Roofing Materials For A Stick-Style Home

Stick style homes were a popular variant of the classic Victorian style that was booming in the late 1800s in the United States. A Stick home has the classic lines and elegance of a Victorian but adds on wooden ornamentation that resembles long sticks that trace the lines of the home.

Stick styles also have different roofs from classic Victorians, which tended to have mansard roofs. The Stick homes tend to have a gabled roof with very steep sloping sides and possibly protrusions such as dormers. If you have a Stick home in need of a new roofing material, there are a couple of roofing materials that are particularly well suited for this home style and roof style. Here are some options to discuss with your roofing company.

Wood Shakes or Shingles

Wood trim is the major design factor of the Stick style home and it makes sense to translate that material on to the roof. Wood shakes or shingles can complement the general style of the home while also avoiding two of the pitfalls of a steep gabled roof: potential wind damage and lack of bracing.

The potential wind damage comes from the fact that high winds can whisk up the slopes of the roof and damage or remove lighter roofing materials, like asphalt, but wood shingles are heavy enough that the damage risk isn't as high. But the wood isn't so heavy that the often-minimal bracing under a gabled roof can support the material without risk of collapse even in the winter with snow added to the weight.

The wood shakes or shingles are cut from cedar – shakes are simply cut thicker than shingles – and can be stained your choice of beautiful, natural wood tones. You or a roofing contractor will need to conduct periodic checks on the material to check for signs of weather damage, particularly after a harsh winter or heavy rains, as wood is a bit higher maintenance than some other roofing materials.

Slate Tiles

Slate tiles are elegant, available only in their beautiful natural tones, and can be arranged in a variety of patterns to either mimic or offset the geometric lines of the wooden house trim. Slate is one of the more expensive roofing materials and is also quite heavy, which makes slate seem a bad match for a steep gabled roof.

But Stick homes were often built with slate as the original roofing material. So your home might already have more bracing than a standard gable roof and could support the slate material with no problems. Or your roofing contractors might be able to add more bracing in order to support the slate.

Slate isn't at risk of wind damage due to its weight and the smooth way the tile lies on the roof. Slate is also lower maintenance than wood as rains and changes between freezing and hot temperatures don't bother the material.

For more information, contact a business like Allen Roofing & Construction Inc.