3 Best Roofing Material Choices For A Prairie-Style Home

Prairie-style homes were brought to popularity by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and similar styles have continued to spring up over time. The Prairie-style is known for its clean, geometric lines, and low-pitched roofs that are either flat roof style or modified gables with a modest slope to each side.

Do you own a Prairie-style home and are in need of a new roof or major roof repair? Choosing the best roofing material for your home depends on some architectural considerations, your budget, and your personal style. But there are a few key roofing materials you can bring up during the next meeting with your roofing contractors.

Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt shingles are popular in modern construction for their affordability and durability, and for how easy these lightweight shingles are to both install and replace further down the line.

The shingles are a particularly good match for a Prairie-style home that has a flat roof, which is not in fact flat but rather has a very narrow slope that makes it harder for the roof to drain off accumulating rainwater and snow. The flat asphalt shingles can help the water move towards the gutters and drainage system easier than a textured or layered roofing could.

But asphalt is also good on homes with the modified gabled roofs. The light weight of the asphalt doesn't compromise the gable, which has little bracing and can't support heavy materials. On standard gables with steep slopes there's a danger of wind catching the asphalt shingles and blowing the shingles away, but that's not a risk with the low slopes on the Prairie gable. 

Metal Roofing

Another roofing material that can help a Prairie flat roof shed water is metal roofing. The metal roofing is also a good choice if your Prairie has one upper roof that sticks out over a lower roof, which is going to receive some of the draining water and snow from the upper roof. The metal can help bump up the waterproofing in the lower roof to help prevent any potential leaks or water damage.

Metal roofing doesn't look like rusty shed roofs anymore. The metal is available in a variety of colors and finishes and can be cut to resemble shingles or laid in long strips that snap together to form a standing seam. Either style compliments the geometric lines of the Prairie style home.

Wood Shakes or Shingles

If you would like a more classical roofing material for your Prairie home, wood shakes or shingles are the way to go. Both slate and clay tiles would be too heavy for the flat roof or gabled roof styles associated with the Prairie. And wood shingles better echo the geometric lines while also adding a touch of nature to further tie the house into its surrounding landscape.

The shakes or shingles are cut from cedar trees and can be stained several different colors that are found in nature. The way the shingles are overlapped during installation can also help the shingles better drain water off the gabled roof.

Note that wood shingles aren't a great choice for flat roofs. But if your home has a flat roof and a gable roof, you can use asphalt in the first and wood on the latter. 

Contact a business like Suncastle Roofing Inc for more help.

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