3 Best Roofing Materials For Alexander-Style Homes – According To Roof Type

Alexander-style homes have a mod-meets-nature look that caught the attention of homeowners during the late 1950s and early 1960s, which were the heyday for the style and its imitators. Alexander homes had asymmetrical appearances, open floor plans, breezeways, simplistic large windows, and minimal decorative accents. The roof was either flat or the highly angular saltbox or butterfly style.

If you own an Alexander home that needs new roofing materials for roof repairs or replacement, the style of both the house and the roof can help determine the best roofing materials for the job. Here are a few materials to discuss with your roofing contractor depending on your roof type.

Best Flat Roofing Material: Asphalt Shingles

Flat roofs have a slight slant that helps keep water from pooling on the surface but you still need to choose a roofing material that helps facilitate drainage. The flatter roof also means the roof isn't visible from the curb so you can save some money by avoiding some of the more stylish roof options.

Asphalt shingles meet both of these requirements. The durable, low-cost shingles have a relatively flat surface and can be installed in a flat pattern so that water can easily slide across the shingles rather than getting caught in the nooks and crannys. While asphalt does come in a variety of colors and textures, these features can add on to the price of the material so you can stick to as basic of a design as you would like to save money since no one can see the roof.

Best Saltbox Roofing Material: Wood or Slate Shingles

A saltbox roof resembles a gabled roof that had one segment trimmed short. The saltbox has one short front roof segment with a lower slope that rises to a normal roof peak before falling away to a steeper rear roof segment. The roof opens up much of the front of the house while still showing a small amount of roofing material in the front so you can go with a stylish option. Saltboxes also have adequate bracing and good drainage so nearly any roofing material would work okay on this roof style.

Two of the better choices are wood or slate shingles. Wood shingles can pair well with the house's wood or masonry siding while the textured appearance of the material adds dimension to even the shorter segment of roofing. Wood can prove more high maintenance if you live in an area with harsh winters and hot summers since the material can warp in temperature shifts over time. But you might consider the increased maintenance worth the look of the wood.

Slate tiles have a more low-maintenance nature, natural elegance, and a higher price tag. Your roofing contractors can install the materials in a brick pattern to match and accentuate your masonry siding.

Best Butterfly Roofing Material: Metal Roofing

Butterfly roofs have two steeply sloping sides that slope downwards to meet in a valley rather than at a roof peak. The valley poses drainage and waterproofing concerns best answered with metal roofing.

Metal roofing comes in shingles or standing seam panels that can both help water drain more easily from the roof valley while providing an added waterproof barrier for your roof and interior living space. The roofing won't look like a shed roof since modern metal roofing comes in a variety of colors to help the material better match your home.

For more information or assistance, contact a roofing company, like Amick Roofing Inc.