Tips for Identifying a Colonial-Revival Home and Choosing the Best Roofing Material

5 October 2016
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New homeowners might not always know what type of house they have bought. The architectural style of a home is important for more than just party facts. Understanding your home's shape, detailing, and roof style can help you choose the best roofing material when it comes time for a roof replacement.

What are some identifying characteristics of a Colonial-Revival home, and how can you use those characteristics to help you choose the best roofing materials with your roofing contractors?

Identifying a Colonial Revival

A Colonial-Revival home has a rectangular, two-story layout with highly symmetrical features. Those features mostly focus on a large number of windows across each side of the house. The sole decorative elements usually exist around the front door in the form of flaking columns, sidelights, or a decorative cornice.

Colonial-Revival homes typically have a side-facing gabled roof. A gabled roof has two steep sides that meet at the peak to form an upside-down "v" shape. The interior of the "v" shape, which is the empty area between the two roof sides where the house siding shows through, is called the gable. On a side-facing gable, the opened areas are on the left and right side of the house, which means the roof segments are on the front and back.

Choosing the Best Roofing: Wood Shakes

The simplicity of a Colonial-Revival home allows for a bolder roofing material. Wood shakes have a thick, rough, rustic texture that adds both dimension and visual interest to your home. Due to your roof shape having one side over the front of your house, the shakes can become a major boost to your home's curb appeal. Choose between a variety of stain colors to make sure you get the roofing material that best matches your design needs.

The one downside is that wood does require some upkeep and periodic spot checks. The shakes can suffer damage due to freezing winter temperatures or sweltering summer heat waves and can also fall prey to insect infestations and related damage. Ask your roofing contractors to check the shakes yearly and perform shake replacements where needed, and then you shouldn't have too many issues.

Choosing the Best Roofing: Asphalt Shingles

Want a more affordable, lower-maintenance roofing material than wood shakes? Consider ordering asphalt roof shingles for your Colonial-Revival home. The shingles are a composite material that's extremely customizable in terms of color, thickness, and pattern. The color is added to the shingles during fabrication so you don't need to worry about paint chipping off later down the road, though the shingles can still fade in the sun over time.

Asphalt shingles can have a propensity for wind damage due to the light weight of the material. The damage is only a problem on gable roofs like the Colonial Revival due to the steep slope being an accelerator for the wind speed. But you should only worry about this problem if your home doesn't have any natural windbreaks like neighbors or trees around it. 

Consult a company like Meridian Roofing Services Inc for more ideas.