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The roofs on most historic homes were, in most cases a major design feature that played into the overall feeling and mood of the home. Even if your home isn’t in a historic district that mandates you must stay true to its historic legacy, putting an inappropriate roof on it can look odd and out of character and throw the whole look of the home down a bad path.
This is why choosing the right roof for your historic home or building can be a terrific challenge. Especially since many of the original roofing materials that use to cover homes from a century or more ago aren’t even available anymore.
This, however, doesn’t mean you can’t try to find something pretty close. And in this case, nobody but a historic architectural expert need ever know the difference, yes? Here’s how to choose a new roof for your historic home and not blow the whole look and feel of living in a historic home.
Historic Flat Roofs
If you’re living in a home with a flat roof, there are countless options for roofs that work well on historic homes. However, you’ll want to make sure you contact an expert because if you get the wrong type of roof you’re liable to end up with major issues that can mean irreversible damage to the integrity of your historic home.
And we don’t want that! When it comes to an investment like your roof, always trust an expert with the knowledge and tools to make sure you protect your investment and the look of your home.
Alternatives to Historic Roofing Materials
And there are plenty! Don’t settle for an asphalt shingle roof just because you don’t know what’s out there! There’s plenty of great roofing alternatives to asphalt shingles when you need to replace the roof on a historic home.
Whether it be clay tiles, slate, tin or even a zinc roof! Each can be a fantastic alternative to the look of roofs on historic homes. Of course, you’ll want to talk to an expert before you make any official decisions about what you’d like to change, but having an idea of what exactly you’d like is a perfect place to start!
Always Hire an Expert
Consulting with a historic architect as well as your roofer is most certainly encouraged. Hiring an architect is a great idea because they understand historical period style, and a professional certified roofer has practical everyday knowledge about things like structural load, water management systems, and the quality of what roofing materials would suit your historic home best.
Speaking to both an architect and a certified roofer is important because along with preserving an accurate period look for the house, you also need a properly performing roof that will protect your home for the many years to come.
Protecting your home and taking care of that terrific historic look can be stressful, but it’ll be worth it for you in the long run. We guarantee it.