Shed style homes have an interesting asymmetry due to alternating story numbers across the home. The visual lines of the home are further accented with wood shingle style siding and shed-style roofs that face different directions. The shed roofs, which have one solid piece of roofing tilted at a sharp slant, are so distinctive that the roofs give the house style its name.
If you have a shed-style home and are on the market for new roofing materials, there are a few items to keep in mind when shopping for this particular roof style. Here are a few things to discuss with your residential roof repair contractors.
Does Your Home Have Natural Windbreaks?
The steeply slanted sides of shed roofs are great for whisking away water and melting snow from the roof. But the slope of the roofs becomes a downside if strong winds become involved. The winds can race up that steep slope and cause damage to lighter weight roofing materials such as asphalt.
If your home has natural windbreaks such as taller trees or neighboring houses that will take away some of the wind's strengths, the potential for damage will be lower and you still might be able to go with asphalt. Otherwise, you will want to stick with a heavier roofing material such as wood shingles or shakes or slate tiles.
Do Any of the Shed Roofs Create Valleys?
One distinguishing feature of shed-style homes is the fact that the different shed roofs, atop the different height segment of houses, overlap one another. Depending on the angle of overlap, a downward sloping upper roof over an upward sloping lower roof can create a valley section between the two. And that valley section can become a problem for waterproofing.
One potential solution is using standing seam metal roofing to cover all of your roofs. The segments snap together to form smooth, walled valleys that can whisk water away from even trickier areas. And the lines of the roofing material can further accent the geometry of the shed-style house.
An alternative would be for the roofers to install a section of metal flashing, essentially a small portion of standing seam roofing, in the area of the valley. Your main roofing material can then be installed over and around the flashing to camouflage the metal.
Does Your Home Have Wood Siding?
Wood shingle or clapboard siding is common on Shed-style homes. If your home has wood siding, you might want to continue that material on to the roof. Wood shakes or shingles stained a distinctly different hue than the siding can keep your home looking natural and cohesive without making the two segments blend in together too much.
Keep these factors in mind and work with an experienced roofing company like Homestreet Roofing Inc to find the best material for your roofing needs.