Best And Worst Roofing Materials For A Victorian-Inspired Bungalow

Posted on: 18 August 2016

Victorian-inspired bungalows build on the short stature and small size of the bungalow with decorative Victorian accents. The accents and details vary depending on whether the bungalow has the Queen Anne or Tudor style but both have variations on the gable style roof. Understanding the details of the variations, and the general house styles, can help you know the best roofing materials for your roof replacement project.

Here are some of the best and worst materials to discuss with your roofing contractors.

Best: Wood Shakes

Queen Anne bungalows often have decorative wooden accents along the eaves. Tudor bungalows can have large wooden beams on the siding as a decoration, which also gives the style the name Stick Style. You can continue this theme onto the roof with the use of wood shakes.

Wood shakes are different from shingles only in how the material is cut though both come from the same cedar trees. Shakes have a more rough-hewn appearance and thicker texture because the pieces are simply cut from the tree and smoothed along the edges. Shingles go through a pressing process that makes the entire piece smoother overall than a shake.

Shakes look better on a Victorian due to adding more texture and dimension to the otherwise stark and geometric shaped roof. You can choose a stain color that complements the wooden accents or beams.

Best: Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles have a lower cost than wood shakes but can come pressed with a texture and faux wood grain pattern that resembles wood shingles, if you desire. These low-cost composite shingles also come in a variety of other colors, textures, and styles to suit any décor needs.

One word of caution: you only want to use asphalt shingles if your home has natural windbreaks by way of taller neighbors or trees that will minimize the force of the air that hits your gabled roof, particularly if you have the higher-sloped version on the Tudor. Those slopes can accelerate the wind, which can damage the lightweight shingles.

Worst: Slate Tiles

The style of slate tiles could match some styles of Victorians but the Queen Anne and Tudor bungalows both have a more rustic, wood-centric look that doesn't pair as well with stone roofing. The heavy slate tiles also don't work well on gable roofs, which by design have minimal support beams and could collapse under the weight of the slate roofing material.

Contact a roofing company like Skywalker Roofing for more information.


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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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