Considerations When Choosing Roofing Materials For A Victorian Gothic Home

Posted on: 23 August 2016

Victorian Gothic homes marry the asymmetry of standard Victorians with the dramatic, cathedral style of Gothic architecture. Key features include windows with a pointed arched shape and the presence of architectural accents like a roofed front porch, turrets, or parapets. Residential Victorian Gothics typically have wooden siding with wooden trim and at least one steeply pitched gable roof on the main house.

Do you own a Victorian Gothic home with a roof in need of roof repairs or roofing replacement? Here are a couple of architectural considerations to keep in mind while meeting with roofing contractors about a possible project material.

Wooden Roofing Matches Siding but Requires More Maintenance

Your Victorian Gothic might still have the wood shingles original to the style or at least the wooden ornamental trim. Pair these distinct elements with wooden roofing by way of cedar shakes.

Shakes aren't the same as wooden shingles, though both come from the same kind of wood. The difference comes down to how the pieces are cut and processed. Shakes have a thicker cut that leaves the material looking more natural and textured, while shingles are pressed to look smoother and more uniform. The texture of shakes adds more visual dimension to a gable roof than shingles would.

Wood shakes do come at a higher cost than many other materials in that the shakes will require more upkeep. Wood is also one of the most weather-responsive roofing materials because high heats and freezing temperatures can cause the wood to expand and contract, respectively, and potentially warp or distort over time.

Asphalt Roofing Comes Cheap but Can Experience Wind Damage

Asphalt shingles are a type of composite roofing that has become increasingly popular due to its combination of benefits. The main benefit is the low cost of the shingles that makes asphalt one of the most affordable roofing materials without the need to sacrifice quality. You don't need to sacrifice visual appearances, either, since the composite material comes in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns.

Another benefit of asphalt is that the shingles have a light physical weight that makes the material easy to install. But the light weight also makes the material easier to remove once installed, which isn't a good thing when the wind does the removing.

The steep sides of a gable roof can attract and accelerate wind unless you have natural windbreaks. That wind can potentially rip, tear, or remove the asphalt shingles.

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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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