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Best, Iffy, And Worst Roofing Materials For A German Colonial Home

by Matthew Fields

German Colonial architecture was a popular style from the 1600s to 1800s in the areas where German settlers were making homes in America. The homes feature masonry siding, a simplistic geometric shape, symmetrical windows, and a gabled roof.

If you have a German Colonial home that needs a new roof, there are a few roofing materials in particular you should consider – or avoid completely. Here are a few materials to discuss with your roofing company.

Best: Wood Shingles

German Colonial homes have an old-world feel and natural warmth from the masonry siding. You can compliment both of those qualities with wood shingles or shakes as your roofing material.

Wood shingles and shakes – the latter is simply a thicker cut version of the former – will provide your simple gable roof with texture reminiscent of a cottage roof. The wood can be stained a variety of different natural colors that can either closely match your masonry siding or provide a close complimentary color.

Iffy: Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are low-cost and fairly attractive, which is why the material has become so popular in modern builds. Fabricators can dye the asphalt a variety of colors and can even mold the material to have a texture similar to wood roofing. But asphalt is also very lightweight, which can potentially be a problem on a gable roof if your home doesn't have surrounding windbreaks.

Gable roofs have steep sloping sides that can accelerate oncoming wind. The wind can potentially damage or rip off the lightweight asphalt shingles. There is a lessened chance of this happening if your home has windbreaks such as close neighbors or tall trees that can dissipate some of that oncoming wind before it can even reach your roof.

If you aren't sure whether your home is at risk of asphalt tile wind damage, call in your roofing contractors for an evaluation.

Worst: Slate Tiles

Gable roofs have an upside-down V-shape that opens up the interior of the house. The roof has more than enough bracing to support the roof and lighter roofing materials like asphalt or even wood. But there might not be enough bracing to support the weight of heavy roofing materials like slate tiles.

Slate tiles also might not be the best stylistic match for the almost rustic brickwork found on many German Colonial homes. But if you do have your heart set on slate, call in your roofing contractors to see if additional bracing could be added in order to support the roofing material. Bear in mind that you might lose some indoor living space in the process.

For a roofing company, contact a business such as GBS Enterprises Roofing.