Best – And Worst – Roofing Materials For An Arts And Crafts Home

The Arts and Crafts architectural movement rose in response to the ornateness of Victorian homes in the United States. Arts and Crafts homes – notably the sub-styles of American Craftsman and Bungalow – featured simpler, symmetrical designs that incorporated elements of the surrounding landscape. The end results were beautifully simple and natural homes.

If you own either an American Craftsman or Bungalow home, knowing the details of the styles and their roof shapes can help you choose a material for your roof replacement or repair project. Here are a few of the best and worst materials to discuss with your residential roofing contractors.

Best: Wood Shakes or Shingles

American Craftsman and Bungalow homes both embrace natural elements in their siding with masonry or brick often used on the former and wood siding used on the latter. All of these siding materials pair well with wood shakes or shingles, which also have a light enough physical weight to suit the low-sloped gable roof and its minimal bracing.

Wood roofing comes in two general styles, shakes and shingles, that differ in how the piece was cut from the cedar wood. If you want a more textured and rustic look, you want to choose shakes. Shingles have a compressed, smoother look but still offer a degree of texture. Shingles may look better on the Craftsman while shakes might better suit the Bungalow.

Best: Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are made out of a composite material that can be dyed, textured, or patterned to meet your design needs – and even to simulate the look of wood shingles at a lower cost. The composite material is durable and low-maintenance and the light weight of the material suits the low-slope gable.

You may have previously heard that asphalt shingles don't work well on gable roofs because the sloping sides can accelerate wind, which can cause the shingles to come undone. But the low-slope modification on the Arts and Crafts home removes this heightened risk of potential wind damage and makes asphalt a valid and safe roofing material for the job.

Worst: Slate Tiles

As you may have noticed by now, bracing is one of the deciding factors when choosing an Arts and Crafts roofing material. Slate tiles, while they match the siding on an American Craftsman, simply weigh too much for the gable to safely support the roofing material.

You can potentially have your roofing contractors add on more bracing, but that will also add more money to your project costs.

For more information on the above roofing materials, contact a contractor like Empire Roofing.