Special Considerations When Choosing Roof Materials For A Folk Victorian

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Folk Victorian homes offer a stripped down take on the often ornate and asymmetrical classic Victorian homes. The Folk architecture style, which became popular during the late 1800s to early 1900s, features symmetrical floor plans and windows with decorative woodwork to accent both the house structure and the eaves of the roof. The roof has a pyramid shape with a low pitch and both aspects can help inform the best roofing material if you need repairs or replacement.

Ask yourself a couple key questions about your Folk Victorian to help select the best roofing material with your roofing contractors.

Do You Need to Keep a Low Project Budget for This Large Roof?

A pyramid roof has four sides, two pairs of parallel sides that slope upwards to a peak. The traditional pyramid roof is a higher-sloped version of a hipped roof. While the roof on a Folk Victorian still has more of a slope than a hipped roof, the slope is lower than a typical pyramid roof. But any type of pyramid roof shares one characteristic: a very large surface area.

The large surface area means that more materials are needed to fully cover the roof. Added materials mean added project costs. If budget is one of your top priorities in the roofing project, you will want to stick to the lower-end materials to keep the project costs in line.

Asphalt shingles are a great option due to the low cost, durability, and easy installation. Your roofing contractor can show you examples of asphalt shingles in a variety of colors and show you demos of asphalt shingles pressed to resemble the textures of wood roofing. The roofing material pairs well with any siding material and can match nearly any color scheme.

Do You Want to Match the Decorative Elements on the House?

The ornamental woodwork on a Folk Victorian takes the eye away from the home's simplistic lines. You can bring that woodwork even more to the forefront by using a coordinating material on the roof.

Wood shingles and shakes match up to the natural elements of the Folk Victorian and add texture to the geometric pyramid-shaped roof. Shakes will add more texture than shingles due to how the former is cut, but both come from high-quality cedar wood and come in a variety of stain colors. You can match the stain color to your ornamental woodwork or pick a contrasting color for a bit more of a visual pop.

Contact a roofing contractor for more information or do an online search. 

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