Roofs don’t just protect homes against the elements; they also impart character. They define architectural style and contribute to a home’s aesthetics. If you are looking to preserve or restore a historic home, you need to carefully consider your choice of roofing material. Roofing & More, Inc., your local experts in roofing, windows and doors, takes a look at some of the best historical roofing options available.
Tile is one of the most distinctive roofing materials for historic homes due to its longevity and variety. It’s available in numerous colors and profiles. Lasting up to 100 years, clay tile has one of the longest life expectancies among historic roofing materials. Romanesque Revival and Mission-style homes are covered with S-shaped tiles, creating new demand and popularity for this roofing material.
Wood shingles can be found throughout the country in all periods of building history. Depending on the region, the size, shape and detailing of wood shingles differed. Victorian country houses, Colonial revival and bungalow-style homes are some of the home styles that feature this classic roof. If you are doing home improvement, you may also consider roofing materials that mimic the look of wood—they’re known to be more durable and fire-resistant.
Slate roofs are not unusual on classic homes from the 19th century, including Tudor Revival style homes. They even extend to modernist homes built in recent decades. This roofing material is popular for its unmatched durability, fireproof qualities and aesthetics. Slate is used for decorative purposes on Gothic and Mansard roof styles. Today, you can choose beautiful yet affordable slate roofing, such as the TruSlate® Premium Roofing System from GAF.
At Roofing & More, Inc., our GAF Master Elite® certified installers take a holistic approach when it comes to installing any roofing system. You can also trust us with your other home improvement needs, including siding, windows and doors. Call us today at (703) 467-0206 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve residents of Northern Virginia, including Alexandria and Chantilly, VA.