Contemporary home architecture features a mixture of brick, wood, and stucco siding with visible support beams and simple windows. The homes have clean lines that can be carried on to the roof with a gabled design, which features two sides that slope steeply towards the peak.
If you have a Contemporary home with a gable roof and need new roofing materials, there are a few materials in particular that are good – or poor – matches for this roof style. Here are a few options to discuss with your residential roofing contractor.
Best: Wood Shingles
Wood shingles can help enhance the natural look of a Contemporary home while matching with the wooden support beams. The textured, overlapping shingled roof can add more visual dimensions to the gabled shape without detracting from the home's simplicity.
The wood shingles can be stained to match your support beams perfectly or to provide a contrasting pop of color. The overlapping nature of the installation will help water off your gabled roof go smoothly into your gutter system.
You will need to watch for signs of gradual weather damage particularly, if you live in an area that has very hot summers and freezing winters. The temperature shifts can cause the wooden material to warp over time.
Best: Metal Roofing
Metal roofing is often thought of being used in industrial settings or on roofs with low pitches that need the drainage assistance. But metal roofing can also be a great fit for the gabled roof on a Contemporary home.
Metal roofing is available in a variety of matte colors and cut into either shingles or long, standing seam strips. Either type of metal roofing can help accent the lines of the gabled roof without taking too much visual interest away from your home. The metal is also great at energy efficiency, which can help keep your energy costs down.
Worst: Slate Shingles
Gable roofs tend to have minimal support structures because the style doesn't need them and the gable is meant to provide maximum internal living space. The support beams that might be visible near the roof on your Contemporary home are sometimes more for decoration than actual support.
If you are considering using a heavy roofing material like slate, you will need to ask a roofing contractor to evaluate your existing bracing. If you do have enough bracing, you can by all means go with slate as a roofing material. Otherwise, you will either need to pay to have more bracing added – thus losing indoor space – or go with another, lighter roofing material that isn't a risk of making your roof collapse.
For more information, contact a company like Wayne Siding & Home Improvements.