4 Best – And Worst – Roofing Materials For Spanish-Inspired Bungalow Styles

Posted on: 17 August 2016

Mission Bungalows and Spanish Colonial Bungalows both offer a more decorative, global-inspired take on the normally subdued bungalow style. Mission-style bungalows feature curved exterior doorways and window arches with tower-like accents along the roofline. Spanish Colonial bungalows also have rounded windows with possible decorative awnings and wrought iron ornamentation. Both architectural types tend to feature the traditional gable style roof.

Gable style roofs combined with the Spanish influences can help you determine the best roofing materials for your bungalow. Here are the best and worst options that you can discuss further with your roofing contractors.

Best: Clay Tiles

Clay tiles might win the title of most traditional roofing material for a Spanish-inspired bungalow. The red curvy clay tiles pair perfectly with the white siding or stucco and the curved windows and doorways. The shape of these tiles creates a wavy pattern when installed that adds dimension and visual interest to the gable roof.

Gable roofs typically come with warnings not to use a heavy material like slate or clay because the roof type doesn't have a lot of built-in support. But Spanish-inspired bungalows were often built with this heavier roofing material in mind so you may well already have more than enough bracing for the clay tiles. And, if not, your roofing contractor could add the bracing to make your dream roofing material possible.

Best: Wood Shakes

Clay tiles look beautiful, but the price tag isn't quite as lovely. If you need to stick to a tighter roofing budget, or simply want to buck tradition, consider wood shakes. This thicker cut, rustic-looking cedar roofing material can come stained in a warm-toned shade that can provide the same siding contrast as the clay tiles. The texture when installed also adds dimension to the roof, though the end result has more of a geometric look than the curvy clay tiles provide. 

You will need to perform more upkeep on wood roofing than clay, which is long lasting and low-maintenance. Monitor your shakes for signs of insect damage and, if you live in areas with harsh winters, signs of weather damage due to the cold forcing the wood to expand. 

Worst: Metal Roofing

The visual appearance of metal roofing has come a long way over the years as fabrication methods have improved. While metal no longer gives a home the look of an industrial complex, metal roofing is still a bit too pared back to pair well with the Spanish-influenced bungalow.

And metal roofing's key benefits – drainage and waterproofing – aren't needed here. Gable roofs have a shape that allow for gravity to do most of the water-control work. For more information, contact a business such as Affordable Roof Care.


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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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