2 Best Roofing Materials For A Sidesplit Split-Level Home

A sidesplit split-level homes has two side-by-side house segments that are differentiated by the number of stories. The taller side typically has two stories and a hipped roof style while the shorter segment has one story and a gabled roof. The prominence of the roofs in this architectural style mean it is extra important to choose the best roofing materials for a repair or replacement project.

What are a couple of the best roofing materials for a sidesplit split-level home? Here are a few options to discuss with your roofing contractors.

Asphalt Shingles

Your home has two entire roofs that need to be covered by roofing materials and the hipped roof in particular has a large surface area just on its own. The large area means that a lot of roofing materials are going to be required for the project and a lot of roofing materials can lead to sky-high product costs. If you need to keep an eye on your costs, asphalt shingles might be the best bet for you.

Asphalt has become one of the most used roofing materials due to its low cost and ease of installation. The shingles are available in most standard roof colors and can be fabricated to mimic the thickness and texture of wood shakes. Asphalt shingles are fairly durable and easy to repair if damage does occur.

The asphalt shingles are also lightweight, which is another important factor for your roof. The gable roof on your shorter house segment has very little bracing so that it doesn't use up too much of your interior space. The lack of bracing means that you don't' want to use a heavy roofing material like slate if you don't' want to also pay to have your bracing improved. 

Wood Shakes or Shingles

Wood shakes or shingles offer a classic, almost cottage appearance to the sidesplit split-level home. The wood materials are also about as heavy of a roofing material as you would want to use on the gabled roof.

What's the difference between wood shakes and wood shingles? Both are typically made from cedar wood and can be stained a variety of natural colors. But the difference comes down to how the pieces are cut from the wood with shakes having a thicker more textured appearance than the shingles. The choice ultimately comes down to your desired look to the finished project.

Wood is a bit higher maintenance than asphalt or slate if you live in an area with freezing winters. The wood will constrict and expand with the cold and heat and can start to warp over time. But if you live in a more temperate climate, or are comfortable performing the occasional shingle replacement, this might not be a problem.   For more information, contact a roofing contractor in your area.