Queen Anne And Eastlake: Best And Worst Roofing Materials For Different Styles Of Victorian Homes

Victorian homes were a popular architectural style in the United States from the late 1800s to early 1900s. The general style was defined by a great deal of ornamentation, but the details varied according to the specific style of the Victorian. Different Victorians have different features including roof shapes, which can help you determine the best roofing material should you need a roof replacement or roof repairs.

Here are two of the most common types of Victorian homes and the best and worst roofing materials for its particular style. Contact your local roofing contractors for more information and guidance.  

Queen Anne Victorian

Queen Anne Victorians have a wide, regal appearance accented with rounded turrets and a large, wraparound front porch. The asymmetrical floor plan and decorative elements continue on to the roof, which often combines a gabled roof, a hipped roof, and the rounded roofs of the turrets plus potential dormers.

The number of different roof types means that the Queen Anne involves a lot of roofing material, which can lead to high project costs. If budget matters the most, consider using asphalt shingles. Asphalt has decent durability and can come dyed your choice of color and texturized to resemble wood. Make sure your gabled roof doesn't take on a lot of direct wind that can race up those steep sides or the lightweight shingles can become damaged or removed.

Wood roofing also serves as a decent roofing material for the Queen Anne and falls at about the mid-range price. The shakes or shingles have a natural warmth and elegance that pairs well with the Queen Anne and can add texture and dimension to the narrower roof styles involved. Have a truly high budget? Consider going with slate, which can bring the Queen Anne's elegance up to an entirely new level.

What materials should you skip with a Queen Anne? Clay tile roofing doesn't match the general appearance of the Queen Anne and costs about the same as the better-suited slate tiles. Metal roofing, which is often used on roofs that have trouble draining, doesn't need to be involved on most Queen Anne homes since the varied roof shapes and heights provide adequate drainage naturally.

Eastlake Victorian

Eastlake Victorians are a variation of the Queen Anne. The Eastlake homes feature a great deal more ornamental accents – specifically a lace-style trim that lines the eaves, windows, doors, and support and decorative spindles. The lacey accents are typically made of wood.

The roof setup on the Eastlake is very similar to the Queen Anne and so similar roofing materials will work. But you really want to consider wood roofing as your roofing material of choice if you have an Eastlake Victorian.

While a Queen Anne can have woodwork accents, the variety of featured materials makes the roof a match for a wider range of roofing materials. But an Eastlake's star quality comes from that wooden trim and using the same material on the roof, in a different color, can help further accent the beautiful details. Contact a business that offers roofing contractors for more information.