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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

When the contractor delivered the sad news that my roof needed replacing, that led to a discussion of material choices. I was surprised to hear that metal roofing was an option. Sure, it was fine for commercial buildings, but a home? My contractor told me that metal is used for homes more than people realize. The panels can be designed to look like just about any type of roofing you can imagine. After looking at some samples and finding out about the long life of metal roofs, I decided to give it a try. Fifteen years later, my roof is still in great shape. If you are facing a roof replacement in the near future, let me tell you more about metal roofing. I'm betting that you'll decide this solution is right for your home.

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Special Considerations When Choosing A Roofing Material For A Queen Anne Bungalow

by Kelly Murphy

Queen Anne bungalows combine the asymmetry of Victorian homes with the smaller, often one-storied bungalow style. Features of Queen Anne bungalows include stained glass or decorative paned windows, a long roofed porch, an offset chimney, and the possibility of dormers. The home is topped off with at least one medium-pitch gable roof with possible secondary gables on the porch and dormers.

Understanding the style of both the Queen Anne bungalow and its roof can help you determine the best roofing material when making repairs or replacements. Here are a couple of considerations to keep in mind when meeting with your roofing services contractors.

Do You Want to Match the Siding and Accents?

Queen Anne Bungalows often either have wooden siding, vinyl siding disguised as wood, or wooden accents along the eaves. You can replicate that building material on the roof with the use of wooden shake or shingle roofing.

Shakes and shingles both come cut from cedar trees and are available in several naturally beautiful stain colors. The main difference is in the texture. Shakes are left fairly rugged and natural looking while shingles are pressed to have a sleeker, more fabricated look. Note that even wood shingles have more texture than a composite material like asphalt.

With all of its natural beauty and charm, wood roofing does have some downsides. Wood isn't the most durable or low maintenance roofing material around, mostly due to the potential for elemental damage. Wood has natural properties that cause the material to expand in heat and contract in cold. If you live in an area where the temperatures jump back and forth between hot and cold, the changing cycles can cause the wood to become bowed or warp over time.

Does Your Roof Need Immediate Replacement and Do You Have a Tight Budget? 

Is budget a primary concern and do you need to install a new roof as soon as possible? Asphalt shingles have a low cost and a lightweight, easy-to-install design. The composite material comes in several different colors and can be pressed in textures to somewhat resemble wood shingles.

The main weakness of asphalt shingles is the potential wind damage since the shingles are so lightweight. On a traditional, high-pitched gable roof, this weakness can be a major warning sign of potential damage down the line. But the moderate-slope on the Queen Anne gable can mitigate some of this potential damage especially if you also have windbreaks around your home that could partially block any oncoming wind.