2 Considerations When Choosing Roofing Materials For An Italianate Home


Italianate-style homes pack beautiful ornamentation onto a basic geometric structure. The homes, which were popular builds during the mid-to-late 1800s, prominently feature ornate, tall windows with curved ornamentation. Narrower windows are staggered throughout the architecture and a set of bay windows is usually on the side of the house. The whole structure is usually topped off with a flat-style roof that often has protrusions including chimney or dormers.

If you have an Italianate home and are in need of a new roofing material, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing a material. Here are a couple of considerations to discuss with your roofing contractors.

Water Drainage Off Flat Roof, Waterproofing Dormers/Chimneys

The flat roof on an Italianate home has a slight slope to help rainwater drain off into the gutters. But that slope alone isn't always enough to move off large amounts of water. There are also some additional waterproofing concerns when there are protrusions through a flat roof, such as a dormer or a chimney.

Metal roofing is a great solution to both the water drainage and waterproofing concerns. The material is smooth but malleable and can both help the standing water drain off the roof and tightly seal around the edges of the protrusions.

You might not think of metal roofing as belonging on a structure as elegant and old-fashioned looking as an Italianate home. But keep in mind that the height of the house and the flat roof mean that no one is going to be able to see your roofing material except your actual roofers. So going for function over style is perfectly acceptable in this situation.

Budget Combined with Low Visibility

The low visibility of the roof is a consideration even if you opt not to go with metal roofing. You can theoretically use any flatter roofing material, which includes asphalt shingles and slate tiles, to help move water off your roof into the drainage system. But remember that the roof is fairly large and not visible from the ground so there's not much point in investing in the elegant but expensive slate tiles.

Asphalt shingles are affordable, durable, and lightweight. The shingles are easy to install and repair. If you are on a budget or don't want to go with metal, asphalt shingles might be the best choice for your Italianate house.

You can also incorporate metal flashing under your asphalt shingles to provide the waterproofing without using the metal material all over your roof.

For a roofing contractor, contact a company such as General Roofing.


4 July 2016

choosing roofing that is beautiful and durable

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.