American Craftsman was a charming architectural style that was all the rage in the early 1900s and has continued to appear in revival styles ever since. The homes have a distinct shape with much of the focus pointed towards the roof. Craftsman roofs are gabled but lower sloped than the typical gable and can have both hips, when another house wing is at play, and dormers.
Choosing a roofing material for an American Craftsman home requires careful consideration since the roof is such a showy aspect of the architecture. There are some other special factors to consider when dealing with roofing this type of home and those factors help determine the best roofing materials.
Here are a few of the best roofing materials for an American Craftsman home that you can discuss with the roofing contractors.
Gable-style roofs have a weight limit due to the poor weight distribution of the shape and the small amount of bracing provided. An American Craftsman roof has a lower slope that makes the weight issue a bit less severe. But if you live in an area with heavy rains or snowfalls, you should consult with your roofing contractors on the amount of bracing available and how that affects your roofing material choices.
Asphalt shingles are among the lightest roofing materials and won't make an American Craftsman roof too heavy even with snow added to the mix. The asphalt shingles can be fabricated in a wide range of colors and texture styles to suit your design needs. And the material is also both low cost and low maintenance.
Asphalt isn't always the best choice for traditional gable roofs because the high slopes let the wind race up the sides and sometimes take the shingles along for the ride. But the lower sloped sides of an American Craftsman mean the potential for wind damage is lower.
Waterproofing is another potential concern with an American Craftsman roof, which has dormers and potential hips that can both form corners that are difficult for harder roofing materials to bend around. Roofers can use metal flashing under your chosen roofing material to help improve waterproofing in those areas. But you should also consider metal roofing as your main roofing material.
Metal roofing comes in a variety of colors and cut into shapes that resemble higher-end roofing tiles. The metal is durable, lighter weight than slate or clay, and helps whisk away water and snow that can collect on the lower sloped sides of the American Craftsman roof.
Want a more traditional roofing material than asphalt or metal to suit the historic nature of your American Craftsman home? Wood shingles might be the best choice for your needs.
Wood shingles are heavier than asphalt but not as heavy as slate or clay tiles so the amount of roof bracing shouldn't be a problem. The way the shingles are overlapped allows water and snow to pass between the shingles and off of the roof.
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