The roof above your head is more than just the structure that protects you from the elements. As one of the first things people see from the curb, it also plays a key role in establishing the aesthetics of your entire property. That’s why on your next roofing upgrade, it’s important to keep looks as well as function in mind.
In this first part of our two-part blog, we discuss what are the design options for your roof.
The style, color, texture and even architectural style of your entire roof will correspond to the kind of material it’s made of, which is why it’s important to choose carefully. Each material is unique and has its pros and cons.
Wood is a classic roofing material that, while not as popular as it was anymore, remains a solid choice for homes with a classic architectural style. Wood shake is peerless when it comes to sheer looks and, despite being an organic material, can easily last between 30 to 50 years. That said, it requires careful maintenance and care to reach the same kind of lifespan as wood is more susceptible to water damage.
Asphalt is the most commonly used roofing material now due to its combination of wearability, fire resistant properties and attractive cost; while it’s the direct upgrade to wood roofs, it’s more affordable and can easily fit on both traditional and contemporary architectural styles.
The color of your roof plays a key role in its looks and performance. The availability of the colors depends on the material you’ll be choosing on your next upgrade. Wood shake roofs are limited to only wood stains and wood-colored roofs while asphalt and metal have wider and more varied color palettes.
Sloped vs. Flat
Traditional and contemporary homes usually have sloped roofs although the pitch depends on the architectural style. Dutch colonial revival and Saltbox style homes have very steep roofs, whereas Prairie and Mediterranean styles have mid- to low-slope roofs.
Flat roofs are usually restricted to ultra-modern houses with unique architectures, and the material used for the roof itself are constrained to membranes instead of shingles. These layers are designed with waterproofing in mind as flat roofs are more susceptible to water pooling on its surface.
As your local roofer, Willi Roofing Services will help you make the right design choices for your next roof upgrade. Call us today at (512) 504-7900 to learn more about our services. We offer complete roofing services in Round Rock, TX.