Chateauesque homes take architectural elements from classic French chateaus for a look that is both rustic and charming. Defining features of the style include stone or masonry siding, balconies, numerous ornamental accents, and the presence of a number of dormers and turrets. A chateauesque house is topped with a hipped shape roof that has its own ornamentation, including spires and pinnacles along the roofline.
If you have a home with this architectural style that needs a new roof, there are a few chateauesque style factors that can help determine the best roofing material for your needs. You can discuss the questions in-depth during your next meeting with your roofing contractors.
Do You Want to Match or Mimic a Stone Façade?
If your chateauesque home was constructed of stone or has a stone façade, you might want to continue that material onto the roof by using slate tiles. The tiles have a smooth finish and natural coloration, and your roofers can lay the tiles in a brick pattern or more like traditional shingles.
Slate tile is durable and low maintenance but does come with a higher price than many other roofing materials. But since a chateauesque home's hipped roof, which has four sides that rise to meet at a low peak, is typically fairly visible from the ground level, you will want to use a quality, attractive roofing material if you have a large enough project budget.
Do You Need to Stick to a Lower Budget?
Slate tiles don't fit into every project budget or into every homeowner's design scheme. If you need lower-cost roofing materials, you might want to reach for the budget-friendly asphalt shingles. But while asphalt-shingle fabrication has come a long way over the years, the material still doesn't match up particularly well with the regal charm of a chateauesque home. If asphalt is all you can afford but your roof direly needs a new material, you can absolutely still go this route.
If you have a mid-range budget, consider going with wood shakes, particularly if your home has brick siding. The wood shakes have a textured appearance that adds dimension to the hipped roof and more cottage-style charm to the home. Shakes are made of cedar wood and come stained in a variety of colors so that you can choose one that best complements or matches your siding or other ornamentation.
Shakes do come with more maintenance needs, as wood can become weather damaged faster than some other roofing materials. But you might consider the attractiveness of the material worth the extra bit of long-term effort.
Talk to a roofing company such as Skywalker Roofing for more ideas about what shingles might be right for your home.
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