Special Considerations When Choosing A Roofing Material For A Tudor Cottage

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The romantic Tudor Cottage architectural style became popular in the United States between the late 1800s and mid-1900s. The home has such a classic cottage look that alternative names include the Storybook Cottage and Hansel and Gretel Cottage. Defining features include brick or stone construction of the house and chimney, small dormers, and an asymmetrical look both inside and out due partly to the steeply sloping, asymmetrical gable roof.

The architectural details and roof shape of a Tudor Cottage bring to mind a few questions when you need to purchase new roofing material. Keep these questions in mind while you discuss the best and worst materials for the job with your roofing company.

Do You Want to Enhance the Brick or Stone Siding?

Do you have beautiful siding on your Tudor Cottage that you would prefer remained the visual star of the home? You can enhance the siding without detraction by choosing the right roofing material.

Brick siding pairs well with both wood shakes or shingles and slate tiles. The wood better mimics the natural warmth of the masonry but the slate shingles can be lain in a brick pattern, which could look wonderful with the siding, especially if the masonry has a distinct pattern. The lighter toned slate could have the same pattern without drawing the eye away from the warmer, brighter brick.

Stone siding can pair well with slate if the stone itself isn't slate. You don't want to roofing material to match too much to the siding or your home will look washed out. If the siding is slate or a similar tone, use wood shakes or shingles instead.

Does the Steeper Side of the Roof Take on Direct Wind?

Does the rear roof with the steep slope take on direct wind thanks to an open field or sparse woods? You will need to avoid overly lightweight roofing materials like asphalt shingles, which can suffer wind damage.

If you have a tight roofing budget, you can still use asphalt shingles anyway with the understanding you might have to pay for some repair work in the future. Note that the problem only matters if the rear of your home doesn't have windbreaks, which would slow down the wind and minimize the chances of asphalt damage.

Heavier roofing materials like wood and slate don't have the wind damage worry that asphalt shingles carry. But with the heavier roofing, you do need to make sure that your home's roof has sufficient bracing to both support the roofing material and to support the wind pressing on that roofing material. If you're uncertain, call a company like Toth Roofing for a consultation. 

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