Ranch homes have become vital parts of the American architectural landscape over the years. The typically one-story homes have a horizontal spread rather than vertical that's topped off with an asymmetrical roof that often combines elements of the hipped and gabled roof styles. The roof is such a notable part of the ranch home's appearance that you need to put careful consideration into choosing the best roof material for a repair or restoration project.
There are a couple of special considerations about the ranch to keep in mind when discussing potential roof materials with your roofing contractors.
Large Visible Roof Adds to Curb Appeal
The roof of the ranch home is highly visible from the street, which means that your chosen roofing material can add to your home's curb appeal. But the hipped-style roof also has a large surface area, which means that you might also need to consider your budget and weigh the material against its potential curb appeal.
Asphalt is a good low-cost roofing material that is available in durable, lightweight shingles fabricated in several different textures and matte colors that can make the material look more expensive than it is. If your budget is the primary concern, asphalt is a great choice for a ranch home and will still improve your curb appeal better than a wearing down old roof of any other material.
If your project budget is a bit higher, consider going with wood shingles. The costs will be more moderate and the material can prove higher maintenance due to the potential for weather and insect damage, but wood shingles have a classic look that can bring out the earthy simplicity of the ranch architecture while boosting the curb appeal.
Hip Points Pose Waterproofing Concern
Hipped roofs have four similarly sized and sloped sides that slope gently upwards towards a soft peak. Hips can also form when two wings of the house come together and the sides of each segment's hipped or gabled roof come together. All of these connecting points combined with the slight slope can mean that water can pool in the valleys where the hips meet. The pooling water can make waterproofing an especially large concern with ranch style homes, particularly if you live in a tropic or subtropic region.
Your roofing contractors can take care of the connection points with metal flashing, which is small strips of metal roofing that bends around hard-to-waterproof angles and serves as an additional funnel to get water off your roof and into the drainage system. But you can also opt to have metal roofing installed all over the roof of your ranch home. Metal is an energy-efficient, low maintenance material that has come as far as asphalt in attractive fabrication.
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