2 Important Factors When Choosing A Prairie Home's Roofing Material

Prairie style homes boomed in popularity during the early 1900s due to the innovations of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The exact features of Prairie homes can vary but share some similar base elements: geometric shapes, lack of ornamentation, stories with roofs that overlap, and low pitched roofs on each story. The end result is always a clean aesthetic that helps the house blend into the landscape without ever looking dull.

If you own a Prairie style home and are in need of a new roof or roofing repairs, there are a few important factors to keep in mind when choosing a new roofing material. Here are some of those factors to keep in mind as you meet with roofing contractors.

How Low Is the Pitch on Your Roof?

Low pitch in Prairie home terms can mean anything from a nearly flat roof that's not visible at all from the street or a gabled roof that's been modified so that the sides have much lower slopes than a standard gable but are still highly visible from the street. The pitch of your roof determines the visibility and the roofing material's potential impact on your curb appeal.  But pitch can also determine drainage and how well your roof can naturally shed water or melting snow.

If you have a flat roof, consider going with asphalt shingles. The shingles are budget-friendly, lightweight, and durable. The flat shingles can also help guide water off of the flat roof, which isn't truly flat but rather has a very small slope, and into your gutter and downspout system.

Does your Prairie have a modified gable roof? You could still go with asphalt, which is a good lightweight choice for this roof style, which lacks a lot of interior bracing. But wood shingles would also work since the shingles are installed in a way that helps water drain down the sides of the roof. And the shingles would help add to the nature-inspired aesthetic of the Prairie home.

Do You Have Overlapping Roofs?

Do you have one taller story that has a roof overlapping that of a lower story? The upper roof is likely going to drain down water and snow onto that lower roof so it's important that the lower roof is properly outfitted with drainage and with extra waterproofing precautions. 

Metal roofing can provide thorough waterproofing on the lower roof whether the shape is flat or gabled. The smooth material can help whisk away the moisture while the material can also bend around the sharper corners of the roof to ensure all of the nooks and crannies are properly waterproofed.

Metal isn't as nature-inspired as wood shingles but the material can still blend in well with the geometric lines of the Prairie home style.

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

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