American Colonial Homes are known for their high-peaked roofs, dormers, and use of natural materials like stone and brick. If you own a home built in this style, it would be a shame to cap it off with a plain, black, asphalt shingle roof. Here's a look at three types of more traditional-looking roofing that would be a better match for its architecture.
If your American Colonial home has more of a rustic appearance and is in a country setting, you may want to consider cedar shingles. Made from natural wood, they are an affordable, light-weight option that works well for homes with foundations and walls that may not be built strongly enough to support a heavy slate or tile roof. Cedar shakes require a lot less maintenance than you'd imagine would be required for a wood roof. They are naturally unappealing to insects, so you don't have to treat them with bug repellents. They don't absorb moisture, either, so you don't have to seal or paint them. A cedar shingle roof typically lasts about 30 years.
If you live in an area where high winds are common, or if you want a roof that will last longer than 30 years, you can choose roofing tiles that are made to look like natural wood. Nobody will be able to tell the difference until they climb up on a ladder. The tiles are pretty heavy, so you'll need to have your home's wall strength verified before the roof is put into place. On average, they last about 100 years, though you will need to have them re-set every couple of decades to ensure the wooden layer underneath them is still in good shape. Choose a deep, rich wood grain pattern to contrast the light or white siding often seen on American Colonial homes.
Slate roofs were pretty much standard on American Colonial homes in the 1800s. If your home is this old, there's a good chance this is the type of roof that was originally on it. Slate lasts about 100 years. It is made from natural slabs of stone, so it's impervious to moisture, insects, and other common roof threats. It won't burn in a fire, making it a good choice if you live where forest fires are prevalent. Natural gray slate is common on American Colonial homes, but you can also find slate roofing with a greenish or bluish tint if you want to get a little creative.