Tidewater homes have architectural elements that reflect the hot, humid southern states where the style originated. From the raised pilings or stilts that hold the lower story off the wet ground to the wraparound porches and balconies that give views of the surrounding nature, the tidewater home has a distinct look. The look is topped off with a hipped roof.
If you have a tidewater home that needs new roofing material, there are a few materials in particular that could be good choices for this house and roof style. You should always discuss materials in detail with your roofing contractors to receive advice tailored to your particular home.
Hipped roofs have two sets of parallel sides that rise to meet at the peak. The hipped shape creates sharp corners where each side comes together, and those edges can be hard to waterproof. Waterproofing is an unusually large concern in the humid, wet-weather conditions that tidewater homes usually call home.
Your roofing contractor might recommend adding some additional waterproofing via metal roofing. The waterproofing can come either from using metal shingles or planks as the primary roofing material or through the use of small pieces of metal roofing called flashing.
Many tidewater homes originally had wood siding. Tidewaters updated to vinyl or another siding material over the years likely still have some wooden accents or ornamentation on the home. You can carry that decorative influence onto the roof with wooden shingles.
These shingles are the mid-range option as far as price goes, and they aren't a great choice for those on a tight budget due to the large surface area of hipped roofs. However, the material is one of the best visual matches for the tidewater style and can add some texture and visual interest to a geometric-shaped home.
Asphalt shingles are low cost and lightweight, which makes for easier and often lower-cost installation. The shingles come in a range of colors, including those similar to the color of wood shingles. In fact, asphalt shingles can even be fabricated to replicate the texture and grain patterns of wood shingles at a portion of the cost.
The main potential downside to asphalt shingles is that the material can suffer some damage when exposed to steady high heat for an extended period of time, which is a possibility in the climates where the tidewater home is popular. But repairs on an asphalt roof tend to be both easy and affordable, so you might consider the initial cost savings worth the potential for repairs later on down the line.
For more information about your roofing options, consult a contractor like Select Exteriors.