Tudor style homes were originally popular in the United States between 1890 and 1940, but revival styles continued to pop up over the years. The architectural design featured asymmetrical elements, lavish brickwork, and a number of ornamental accents. Tudor homes have steep gabled roofs with dormers and decorative chimneys sticking through the roof at various points. The roof is a major visual feature on the Tudor home, so it's important to choose a roofing material that can accent your home without drawing too much of the focus.
There are a couple of special, architecture-specific considerations to keep in mind when choosing a new roofing material for a Tudor or Tudor Revival home. Here two of the factors to keep in mind as you meet with roofing contractors.
Do You Want to Stick with Traditional Building Materials?
Tudor homes were meant to be testaments to the homeowner's wealth and also any potential building material business connections. The homes, therefore, featured the best brickwork and ornamental woodwork that money could buy. And the roofs had to be topped with the highest end roofing materials available – slate tiles.
Slate tiles are elegant, low maintenance, and durable. The tiles are available only in the natural colors and can be laid in a variety of brick-style patterns that can help accent the other building materials on the home. These tiles are quite heavy, which is an issue on some styles of gabled roofs, but Tudors were usually built to support the weight of the material and therefore should have enough bracing for the slate. You could always have the roofing contractor double check your bracing to make sure.
Slate is quite expensive, so if the tiles are out of your budget, you can always substitute in wood shingles. This can still bring out the building materials of your home while adding an earthy but elegant-looking touch.
Is the Budget Your Primary Concern?
The gabled roofs on a Tudor Revival home have a lot of surface area to cover especially if there are also dormer roofs that need replacing. Slate tiles and wood shingles can drive up your project budget quickly due to the sheer size of the roofs. If budget is your primary concern, you might want to consider asphalt shingles.
Asphalt is low cost, low maintenance, and durable. The lightweight material can be crafted to resemble wood or slate and dyed a variety of colors. The light weight does mean that wind can potentially damage shingles as the wind gusts up the steeply sloping gables. But this is primarily a problem if your house sits out in the open without any nearby windbreaks.Share
8 June 2016
One thing I never realized about roofing is what a difference it can make in the appearance of a home. The roofing on my home was more than 20 years old before we got around to replacing it. As we were working with our roofing contractor to choose the materials that we wanted to use, I learned quite a bit about the many, many options that we had to consider. Our blog will show you several of the options and provide you with facts about each type of material that you can use. Hopefully, what we have included here will help you choose the roofing that will look and perform the best on your home.