Tips for Identifying a Creole Home and How to Choose the Best Roofing Material

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Even distinct architectural styles can be hard to name if you lack the knowledge of all the styles that exist. A Creole home is an example of this problem, as most homeowners and residents of the Southern states have seen the style but might not know its official name. Why does it matter? Knowing the actual name can help you research the intricacies of the style, which will give you a better understanding of the structure and how to outfit it in building materials.

What are some tips for identifying a Creole home, and how can knowing help you chose the best materials with your roof-replacement roofing contractors?

Identification: Creole Home 

The Creole home is tall and narrow with a first-floor porch and a parallel second-floor balcony that stretches over the entire front of the home. Tall, narrow windows stretch from nearly floor to ceiling of both stories and are accented by wrought-iron ornamentation.

A Creole-style home usually has a flat-style roof, which actually has a slight slope for drainage, and that might support dormers. The overall look of the home is very French inspired, and knowing the details and roof style can help you choose the best roofing materials.

Best Roofing: Metal Roofing

A flat roof has the disadvantage of having little slope to help with drainage, especially since these homes are often located in areas with heavy rainy seasons. But the advantage to a flat roof is that it isn't visible from the ground, so you can focus on choosing a roofing material that is functional rather than attractive.

Metal roofing, specifically standing-seam metal panels, offer a great combination of drainage assistance and waterproofing. The metal panels snap together at the sides to form an alternating panel of vertical seams and sunken valleys, which provide the waterproofing and drainage, respectively.

You can order metal dyed a variety of colors, but keep things simple to keep your budget lower, since no one can see this roof.

Best Roofing: Asphalt Roofing

The price of metal roofing can put the material out of some homeowners' budgets. A decent backup option is asphalt roofing, which comes with a much lower price but doesn't offer the same level of drainage help and waterproofing. But asphalt is still a much better choice than something like wood shingles, which would actively trap water on the roof to cause water damage.

Asphalt shingles are fairly flat when installed, and they are lightweight, so the draining water should pass over the shingles easily. The shingles do come in a variety of colors and textures but, again, you want to keep things as simple and streamlined as possible for use on a flat roof.

Talk to a roofing contractor such as David Saner Roofing for more personalized advice. 

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24 October 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.