Cape Ann homes were one of the first architectural styles to take root in early America and the simplistic base, side gabled roof, and lack of unnecessary ornamentation has kept the home style recurring in revival styles over the years. If you have a Cape Ann home that needs a new roof, there are a few style-specific questions to ask yourself before discussing potential roofing materials with your roofing contractor.
Is Budget Your Most Important Consideration?
Replacing the roof on a Cape Ann might be one of the more expensive outdoor improvements you undertake due to the surface area size of the side-gabled roof. If budget is the most important consideration for you, ask your roofing contractors to see samples of asphalt shingles.
Asphalt might bring to mind road construction or shed roofs but the material has become increasingly popular among modern builders for a reason. The asphalt shingles are low-cost, durable, lightweight, and easy to install and replace if needed. Your contractor can show you samples of asphalt to show the colors and textures available which can even mimic wood shingles or slate tiles.
What is Your Siding Material and Does It Need Replaced?
Cape Ann homes were historically sided with wood shingles but modern times have also brought vinyl shingles into the mix. If you have wood shingle siding that's in good condition, you might want to stick with that roofing material. Choose a complementary but not matching color for the roof to help bring out the textured wood on both the house and the roof.
On the other hand, if you have wood siding that's in dire need of repair or replacement, consider whether you want to change your siding material and what siding material you plan to use. If you want to stick with wood, wood roofing might again be a good choice.
But if you have or want to install vinyl siding, your roofing options are more open though you can certainly still just go with wood shingles.
Does Your Roof Have Sufficient Bracing for Heavier Materials?
Are you considering a heavier roofing material like slate tiles or clay tiles? You need to have your roofing contractor check on your bracing first to make sure the roof is capable of withstanding the weight of the material – especially if your roof will also bear the weight of some snow come winter.
Side-gabled roofs are designed to provide the most interior living space possible under the peak. That means not a lot of bracing is used so that the bracing doesn't take up the space. Your contractor (such as one from Absolute Roofing) might be able to add bracing to support slate or clay but keep in mind that you might lose some interior space to achieve that goal.