Learning About Roofing Services

Best And Worst Roofing Materials For A Craftsman Bungalow

Craftsman bungalows have an architectural style that blends simplicity with subtle accents of nature. The homes feature wood siding often painted a shade of brown, cream, or green to help the home melt into the landscape. A narrow, roof-covered front porch frames the front door and provides a small sitting area. The other main visual elements are the gable roofs found on both the house and the porch.

Gable roofs have two parallel, steep-sloping sides that connect at the peak. Understanding the gable roofs pros and cons, and the style aspects of the Craftsman bungalow, can help you choose the best roofing material when working with a roofing contractor.

Best: Wood Shingles

Wood roofing pairs well with the traditional wood siding on a Craftsman bungalow. While wood roofing comes in either shakes or shingles, you want to stick with the thinner more compressed shingles rather than the thicker, rustic shakes. The shingles will still offer texture to your roof without the risk of the texture overwhelming your smaller roof space.

Choose a shingle shade color that compliments your siding without matching completely as an exact or too close color match can make your home look washed out and small.

Discuss the upkeep of wood shingles with your roofing contractors especially if you live in an area with harsh winters. The change between cold temperatures and warmer temperatures can cause the wood to contract and expand and, over time, create warping.

Best: Asphalt Shingles  

Asphalt shingles are another traditional roofing material for the Craftsman bungalow. The composite shingles have a lightweight design that can come fabricated in the shape and texture of wood shingles at a fraction of the weight – and the cost. Asphalt shingles are one of the most budget-friendly roofing materials around if costs are your primary concern.

You do need to use caution if you want to use asphalt shingles on your Craftsman because of the gable roofs. Make sure you have windbreaks, such as trees or neighbors, on the sides of your house where the sloping roof sides are located. Oncoming wind can speed up those sides and loosen the asphalt shingles if there aren't windbreaks present.

Worst: Slate Tiles

You might gravitate towards slate tiles as a way to add a touch of elegance to your home while still retaining the "nature first" design of the Craftsman bungalow. Slate tiles have a high price tag but also low maintenance and high durability. But the bigger problem is that your gable roof likely doesn't have the bracing required to support the heavy stone roofing material.

Gable roofs have an upside-down "V" shape in order to provide the maximum amount of living and storage space under the roof. The gable has the least amount of bracing possible so that the bracing beams don't eat up your indoor space. Using slate roofing material would require additional bracing, which would eat into your indoor space.

For more information about your roofing choices, talk with a company like Cloise & Mike Construction Inc.