Colonial homes were first built in the United States in the late 1700s. A typical colonial home has two stories, consists of a wooden or stone exterior, has one or more fireplaces, and a roof most often made from natural materials. These roofs also have a unique architectural design with one or more areas of pitch and can be a challenge to repair and replace. So what are the best roofing materials to use for colonial homes?
Here are the four main roofing options for a colonial home:
1. Wood Shingles Wood shingles are the most common natural material used in colonial homes. They provide protection during inclement weather while also aging naturally offering a beauty that complements the architectural construction of colonial homes. Wood shingles typically last at least twenty years and are often left untreated to create the weathered look most often seen on traditional style properties.
2. Slate Shingles Slate is an elegant and durable material often used in modern colonial homes. One of the advantages of slate is its reparability. If a section becomes damaged only a single piece needs to be replaced as opposed to getting a whole new roof.
3. Asphalt Shingles Many colonial homeowners choose traditional asphalt shingles as their roofing material of choice. Asphalt shingles are the most economically friendly option and can last up to twenty years. Asphalt shingles provide the elegant and natural beauty of a colonial home while also giving it the clean, polished look desired by homeowners.
4. Synthetic Roofing Recent advancement in manufacturing technology has created synthetic roofing materials that mimic slate and wood shingles. From a distance, they are nearly identical to their original counterpart. Synthetic roofing materials can cost a fraction of what wood and slate shingles can and may last up to 30 or 40 years.
As one of the oldest architectural styles in the US, colonial homes offer unique features which add elegance and beauty to each neighborhood they inhabit. When considering what is the best roofing material for your colonial home contact the experts at Custom Installation. We have both knowledge and experience in the roof installation of homes of all ages and styles. Let our experts provide guidance on the best options for your colonial home.