Tips for Identifying a Queen Anne Victorian Home and How to Choose the Best Roofing Material

18 October 2016
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Is your home a Victorian? Do you know what style of Victorian? There is a wide range of Victorian architectural styles, from the almost rustic to the opulent. Knowing your particular type of Victorian can help you better understand the architectural details, which can give you better insight when choosing project materials for renovations such as roof replacements.

What are the trademarks of a Queen Anne Victorian, and what are the best roofing materials for this style?

Identifying the Queen Anne

Does your Victorian have a lot of decorative wooden trim that makes it look a bit like a gingerbread house? Congratulations, you have a Queen Anne Victorian. The intricate wooden trim joins an asymmetrical floor plan, the presence of side bay windows and a tower, and the presence of at least one roofed porch as the hallmarks of this style.

A Queen Anne typically has one or multiple gabled roofs, which have two steep sides, alongside the cylindrical roof of the tower. The combination of roofs and an enormous amount of trim help guide your roofing material decision.

Best Roofing: Wood Shakes

Wooden roofing is a natural choice for the Queen Anne so the roof coordinates with the trim material. Wooden shingles have a flatter, sleeker look that wouldn't detract from the trim. But the Queen Anne isn't about subtlety. The thicker cut, more rustic wooden shakes would help bring out more of that gingerbread house vibe that the trim hints towards.

You can order wood shakes in a variety of stain colors that either match or complement the wood trim. Make sure your roofing contractors conduct a yearly check on your wooden roofing, as harsh weather and insect infestations can damage this natural material. Frequent checks and maintenance upkeep can keep the roof looking healthy and attractive for some time to come.

Best Roofing: Asphalt Roofing

Do you need to watch your budget with your roofing project but like the look of wood? Asphalt roofing fabricators can fashion the composite material in a color, texture, and wood grain pattern that can mimic the look of wood roofing. You can still coordinate with the trim without breaking your budget.

The only concern with asphalt roofing is that its light physical weight, which makes the material easy to install, can suffer wind damage. The sloping sides of a gable roof can allow any oncoming wind to get up under the shingles and loosen or tear them off the roof. You really only need to worry about this if you live in an open field where there aren't any buildings or trees to block some of that incoming wind.