2 Things To Consider When Choosing Materials For A Backsplit Split-Level Home’s Roofs

A split-level home gets the name from the two different house segments that differ in the number of stories. In a backsplit split-level home, the taller, two-story segment with the hipped roof is in front of the one-storied segment with the gabled roof. This setup means that the lower segment is typically not visible from the street.

There are a few special considerations to keep in mind when choosing roofing materials for your backsplit split-level home. Here are a couple of those architecture-specific factors to keep in mind while you meet with your residential roof repair contractors.

Large Surface Area – But Half Isn't Visible from the Curb

Your home has two different roofs that need roofing materials and the hipped roof in particular is a material hog due to its wide, flatter surface area. The total surface area that needs to be covered can drive up project costs quickly. But you do have an advantage in that one segment of the roof isn't visible from the street so you aren't as married to using the same roofing material on both segments as someone with a side-by-side split-level home.

If you want to keep total project costs as low as possible, you can use asphalt shingles on both roofs. The lightweight, durable material is available in several colors and textures to help customize the look. And the main downside of asphalt – that the light weight can make the roofing vulnerable to wind damage on the steep slopes of a gable roof – is moot since the front section of your house is a wind break for the gable roof.

Want to keep project costs lower but prefer a different roofing material to be on the forward-facing hipped roof? You can use asphalt on the gabled roof in back and then your roofing material of choice on the front without the disparity being obvious to onlookers.  

Hipped Roof Can Have Waterproofing Concerns

A hipped roof has four gently sloping sides that come together at the edges then meet at a low roof peak at the top. The gentle slope means that the hip is pretty good at shedding any rain or snowfall that might hit the top of the roof. But those connecting points can be trickier to waterproof and might require the use of metal flashing, or bendable strips of metal roofing that is easy to fold around tricky corners. You can pair the flashing with metal roofing all over or cover the flashing with a different roofing material.

The metal roofing might also be a good fit for the gable roof. While gabled roofs are also good at shedding water, this particular gable is downstream of the hipped roof, which can lead to excessive water going onto the hipped roof. All over metal roofing can keep the roof well waterproofed and can help improve the interior energy efficiency. Talk to a roofer, like Homestreet Roofing Inc, for more help.