3 Best And Worst Roofing Materials For A National Home With A Gable Roof

National homes are a simplistic architectural style with clean box-like lines, minimal square footage, and often a gable style roof. The simplicity of the style can be accented with a variety of decorative elements and even with your choice of roofing material. The gable roof's two steeply pitched sides can show off a lot of your chosen roofing material, but there are also a few practical aspects of the design to keep in mind.

What are the best and worst roofing materials for a National home with a gable roof? Here are a few materials you can discuss with your roof repair contractors.

Best: Wood

The simplicity of a National home can be accented with wooden accents including shutters, ornamental trim, and the roofing material. Wooden shingles or shakes can add a textured look to the roof that can make the roof seem larger and make the home look more complex and cottage-like.

The shakes or shingles can be stained a variety of wood-toned colors that can make your roof as neutral or as eye-catching as you would like. The roofing material does require a bit of maintenance and upkeep since wood can constrict, expand, and then warp with frequent changes between freezing temperatures and sweltering summers. But the maintenance is worth the storybook look of this roofing material.

Best: Metal

Metal roofing is often associated with industrial uses but the material has come a long way and is now available in both standing seam and shingled varities in a multitude of colors. The lines of the standing seam metal, in particular, can give added dimension and visual interest to the National home's gable roof.

Metal roofing is durable and exceptional at providing both waterproofing and energy efficiency to your home. Ask your roofing contractor, like Gulfside Roofing Inc, to see samples of residential roofing in metal to see how the material could look on your National home.

Worst: Asphalt

The steep slopes of the gable roof are wind magnets and the wind can damage or rip away lightweight asphalt shingles. The only advisable way to use asphalt shingles on a gable roof is if there are windbreaks in place around the home that would mitigate how much wind hits the house directly. If you live on a crowded city block, for example, this might not be as much of an issue. But if you live out in the country, you might want to avoid asphalt.

If asphalt is the only roofing material you can afford right now, by all means go with asphalt. The potential for wind damage doesn't mean you will have shingles flying off your home frequently or at all. But understand that you might have to put up with some more maintenance and replacement costs than homeowners with other styles of roofs.