2 Considerations When Choosing Roofing Materials For An American Craftsman Home

American Craftsman homes first gained popularity in the early 1900s but have reappeared consistently over the years in various revival styles. Craftsman homes are defined by a lot of different architectural features and many of those features are found on the roof.

The shape of the Craftsman roof is typically a low-pitched version of a gabled roof that can also involve hips where another roof segment attaches. The house also likely has dormers protruding from the gable and the dormers have roofs of their own to contend with during a roof replacement or when seeking roof repair in your area.

Need to choose a new roofing material for your American Craftsman home? Here are two architecture-specific considerations to keep in mind when discussing your material options with your roofing contractors.  

Material Weight and Bracing

Traditional gable roofs can have a weight issue due to the relatively small amount of bracing used to build that type of roof. An American Craftsman's roof has a lower slope, which can help distribute the weight of the roofing material better than higher-sloped gables. But material weight might still be an issue particularly if your area receives a lot of heavy snowfall, which doesn't fall off the lower slope as easily as the higher slope.

If you're leaning towards a lightweight material like asphalt anyway, the weight and bracing issues are moot points. But if you are considering a heavier roofing material like slate or clay tiles, you might want to ask your roofing contractors to inspect your bracing situation. There's a chance there is already enough bracing or that adequate bracing can be easily added to your home. But you want to know for sure before you have your heart set on that beautiful slate tile that could cause your roof to come crashing down.

Waterproofing Hips and Dormers

Roofing contractors (such as Ray's Accurate Roofing​) are always concerned about waterproofing your roofing materials and will do as much as possible to protect your home from any water damage. But some roof styles are harder than others to waterproof especially in areas with frequent heavy rains. The areas where the dormers meet the main roof or where the main roof meets the hipped roof can all be spots of waterproofing weakness due to the sharp angles, which are hard for many roofing materials to bend around.

What's the best solution? Metal roofing. Does that material bring to mind a cheap-looking shed roof? Metal roofing has come a long way in modern times and comes in a range of colors and textures to match most design schemes.

But if you have your heart set on a different roofing material like wood or slate, your roofing contractor can still use metal to help bolster the waterproofing around those tricky areas. Metal flashing is bendable roofing that can be used only in those tricky areas and then covered up with the other roofing material you prefer to have showing.