2 Considerations When Choosing A Roofing Material For A Victorian-Inspired Bungalow

Posted on: 17 August 2016

Victorian-inspired bungalow styles include the Queen Anne Bungalow and the Tudor Bungalow. These styles alter the small stature and simple layout of a classic bungalow with asymmetry, wooden eave accents, and other features typically found on a Victorian home.

While the two styles differ in the details, both have gable-style roofs, which feature only two sides that rise to a peak. The Tudor has the more traditional, steep-sloping gable while the Queen Anne has a modified mid-slope variety. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of these roof types, combined with the general styles of the homes, can help you choose the best roofing material when working with roofing contractors.

Avoid Asphalt in Windy Areas

Asphalt shingles offer a variety of positive features that include the affordable price, the relatively high durability considering that low price, and a catalog's worth of color, texture, and style options available. These composite shingles also have a light physical weight, which works out great for an easy installation but can cause issues if your roofs take on frequent, high winds.

When wind hits the side of your house, the force hits straight on. When wind hits the side of a gable roof, the wind can race up that side to the peak. This amplified, directed wind can take some of those lightweight asphalt tiles along for the ride.

You should consider how frequently your roof receives direct winds before determining whether or not this is a real risk on your home. You don't need any fancy instruments to measure the wind speed—you just look around your house. Do you have tall neighbors or trees on both sides that can help break up some of that wind before it gets to your house? Then asphalt damage likely won't be a problem.

Brace Yourself for Heavy Slate Tiles

Victorian homes have a natural, casual elegance that would seem to pair well with slate tile. But the open design of a gable roof, which allows for more indoor space, doesn't allow for a lot of bracing or support beams. The minimal bracing can mean that your Victorian-inspired bungalow doesn't have enough support in place to safely hold the heavy weight of slate tiles.

You can call your roofers in for a consultation to access the amount of bracing currently present. Your roofers might see an opportunity for adding more bracing, which could make slate tiles a possibility if you have your heart set on this material.


Time for a New Roof?

Hi, my name is Mitch. Before retiring a few years ago, I worked in the roofing industry. Over the years, I worked in nearly every capacity, ranging from apprentice to general manager of the company. I know that purchasing a new roof for your home can be expensive and a bit intimidating. My goal is to provide useful advice to help you make informed decisions when it comes to your new roof. I'm going to share information about different roofing materials and why you may want to consider one over another. I'll also share where you can cut costs, and how to choose a reputable roofing company. I hope you find this information valuable.

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