3 Best And Worst Roofing Materials For A Home In The Victorian Gothic Style

Posted on: 19 August 2016

The Victorian Gothic style of house is a standout mainly for its arched decorative windows and the presence of parapets or turrets that give the home a castle-like feel. These homes typically have a gabled main roof, which features two parallel sides and can help determine the best and worst roofing materials for your repair job.

Here are a few Victorian Gothic appropriate roofing materials to discuss with your roofing contractors.

Best: Wood Shakes

Wood shakes come from cedar trees and are cut so that the pieces retain some of the natural dimension and texture of the originating tree. The texture gives the shakes a more interesting look than the smoother pressed wood shingles. That texture can help elevate an otherwise plain roof shape while also tying into the wood trim on your Victorian Gothic home.

If your home doesn't have wood siding but does have trim, you can match the stain color of the roofing to the trim to bring out that aspect of the home. If your home has matching wood siding and trim, make sure the stain color of the shakes is a distinctly different but complimentary color or you risk visually washing out the house.

Best: Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles might not sound like luxurious roofing but the composite material has become one of the roofing industry's workhorses due to its impressive combination of low cost, low maintenance, and durability. Fabrication methods have improved to the point that you can get asphalt shingles to suit any design concept and can even have the material pressed into a similar shape and texture of wood shingles.

The asphalt has a light physical weight, which makes for fast and easy installation. The same quality can make for fast and easy removal by way of wind damage if the steep sides of your gable roof receive a lot of direct wind. Consult with your roofing contractors about whether your home has enough natural windbreaks or a directional advantage that will minimize the risk of wind damage to your asphalt shingles.

Worst: Slate Tiles

Slate tiles have an elegant look that seems perfectly matched for the regal origins of the Victorian Gothic. But slate tiles stand at the opposite end of the physical weight scale from asphalt shingles and that weight can prove too much for a minimally braced gable roof to hold up safely.

If you do truly want slate tile roofing, ask your roofing professional, such as those found at Rainy Day Exteriors, to evaluate the existing bracing and whether or not additional bracing can be added, if needed.

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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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