Octagon homes have a distinct geometric shape, wraparound porches, and a hipped roof that supports a darling cupola. The homes, an architectural rarity mostly found in the Midwest and Northeast, were designed to maximize the amount of light and ventilation inside the living spaces.
If you own one of these architectural marvels and are on the market for a new roof or roof repair, some roofing materials will work better with this roof and house style than others. Here are a few of the options you can discuss with your roofing contractors.
Best: Asphalt Shingles
The Octagon house has a hipped roof, which has four low-sloped sides that rise to meet at the base of the protruding copula. The hipped roof has quite a large surface area that adds up to a lot of roofing materials needed for the project especially if you also plan to put new roofing on the porch roof and cupola at the same time. If you need to stick to a tight budget for your roofing project, consider using asphalt shingles.
Asphalt shingles have become almost ubiquitous in modern home builds due to the low cost of the material, its relative durability, and how easy the lightweight material is to both install and repair. The shingles come fabricated in a variety of colors and textures that can mimic both the thickness and grain pattern of wood roofing at a fraction of the cost.
Best: Wood Shakes
Have a higher budget for your Octagon home's roofing project? Consider going with wood shakes, which are a thicker version of wooden shingles that can add extra texture and dimension to the hipped roof on your home.
Wood shakes work particularly well on Octagon houses with wooden siding but also pair well with the simplicity of vinyl siding. The shakes can arrive stained in one of several natural wood colors to complement any design scheme.
On the downside, wood shingles can require a bit more maintenance than manufactured or stone roofing. Wood can attract insect damage and become weather damaged due to the constriction and expansion of the material in different temperatures. But the added maintenance might be worth the attractiveness.
Worst: Metal Roofing
Metal roofing has become more popular in residential roofing due to the material's helpfulness with waterproofing and improving drainage on certain roof types. But the hipped roof's design has enough of a slope that water drainage tends to not become a problem.
While metal roofing fabrication can make the material look far less industrial, the finished product can still look too modern and industrial for the rustic charm of an Octagon house. Contact a company like Affordable Roof Care for more information.