3 Best Roofing Options For A Craftsman-Style House


Craftsman, or Arts and Crafts, was an architectural style popular from the late 1800s until the early 1930s. Elements of this American design movement include low-pitched gable roofs and wraparound porches with a slanting roof. So the roofing materials on this type of home are on full display and should match the overall aesthetic of the home.

If you are working with roofing contractors on remodeling a Craftsman home and want an authentic-looking roof, here are a few of the best options.

Cedar Shingles

Cedar shingles pair well with Craftsman homes that feature warm, natural-toned exteriors such as brick or neutral-colored siding. Red cedar shingles offer a subtle and lovely pop of color and fade over the years to an equally lovely gray. Or you can opt for custom-stained cedar to give your roof a brighter pop of color.

Cedar shingles are durable and weather-resistant if you opt to have an antifungal agent applied prior to installation. The shingles also work as natural insulation, which is great for homes that lack proper insulation in the attic. The downsides are the cost of the shingles and installation, which places cedar towards the most expensive end of the shingle price range.

Laminated, Decorative Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are among the cheapest roofing materials available but can also look equally as cheap. A Craftsman home needs a bit more elegance than standard asphalt, but you don't need to break the bank to find the perfect design. Laminated asphalt offers a nice mid-range solution.

Laminated asphalt shingles are significantly thicker than traditional asphalt. This added thickness makes the shingles look closer to a slate or wood shingle while also upping the durability and weatherproofing.

You can improve the appearance even further by selecting laminated asphalt with geometric patterns carved into the shingle. Use the decorative shingles at the lowest points of the roof that are visible from the ground while using the simple laminated shingles up higher.

Slate Shingles

Along with cedar, slate shingles represent the most classically Craftsman roofing materials. Slate has the natural elegance of stone and a durability meant to last for decades. Natural tones of gray and green look particularly beautiful on a slate roof.

The primary downside to slate is that the cost of installation and shingles is the highest on the market. Slate shingles are also easy to break if your installer or future roofing contractor doesn't know how to handle the material.

For more information, contact Better Contracting Services or a similar company.


14 May 2015

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