2 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Roofing Material For A Georgian Home

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Georgian homes were the architectural rage in the United States from about 1700 to 1830 though revival styles have recurred over the years. The homes are large, symmetrical, and full of decorative elements. A symmetrical hip roof with dormers tops off the house to finish off the look, which mixes regality with classic lines.

If you have a Georgian home that's in need of a new roofing material, there are a couple of questions to ask yourself while choosing roofing materials. These questions can help you when discussing all of the available options with your roofing contractors.

Is the Roof Visible from the Street?

Hipped roof styles have four symmetrical (there's that word again) sides that slope gently upwards to meet at a low peak. On a shorter home, a hipped roof is extremely visible from the road and thus has a huge impact on your home's curb appeal. But if your Georgian home is particularly tall, or located on a hill, then the roof might not be very visible from the street.

Why does visibility matter? Cheaper roofing materials like asphalt shingles can be fabricated to resemble the texture and color of wood shingles or slate tiles. But the look is more artificial the closer the viewer is to the tiles. So a homeowner with a shorter Georgian home might want to go with the "real deal" roofing materials while a less visible roof could have asphalt shingles made to look like wood and still look fairly realistic.  

Is Your Roof Properly Waterproofed?

Is your existing roof prone to leaks particularly in the areas where the hipped roofing segments meet or where the dormers meet the main roof? This is a common problem as these connection points are hard to bend around using most roofing materials and your previous installer might not have used the proper underlayments to help fix the problem.

Ask your roofing contractor about the possibility of installing metal flashing in these connection point areas before your main roofing material is installed. Metal flashing is small strips of bendable metal roofing that can be molded around those tricky corners to provide the best waterproofing possible. And the overlaying roofing material will hide the metal flashing from the eyes of those on the ground.

Alternatively, the roofing contractor can use metal roofing across your roof as the main roofing material. This provides the best waterproofing available and, on taller Georgian homes, will look as good as any other roofing material. Even close up, metal roofing has come a long way and can look stylish on many home styles.

For more information about your options, contact a company like Bosworth Roofing.


2 June 2016

Those Cold, January Nights

When I was in college, I lived in an old house just south of the university campus with five other girls. When we came back from Christmas break, the heater was broken. The beginning of January was the coldest time of the year, and because it was the weekend, the heating company couldn't come fix it for a few days. My roommates and I pulled our mattresses into the front room and slept all together to keep warm. Two weeks later, our heater broke again! That time we ended up getting a completely new furnace. Needless to say, we got to be good friends with the heating contractor that month, and it was a good experience that led to the creation of this blog.