Best And Worst Roofing Materials For A Chicago Style Bungalow

Chicago Style Bungalows combine the small, rectangular structure of a Bungalow with the urban-meets-rustic look of the Prairie style that was popular around the city. Featured elements include a split-level structure and a combination of brick and stone siding with large groupings of small windows and an offset front door. The Bungalow typically has either a hip-style or low-pitch gable roof.

Do you need roof replacement or roof repairs for your Chicago Style Bungalow? There are a few roofing materials that work well – and one that pairs badly – with the house structure and whichever roof style is on your home. Ask your roofing contractors for more information and a detailed assessment.

Best: Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles offer a low-cost way to roof your Chicago Style Bungalow, which comes in handy if you have a larger hip-style roof, which has four low-sloped sides and a lot of surface area to cover, or if you have a gable roof and a porch or dormer roof that need to be covered at the same time.

The composite shingles are durable and available fabricated in several different colors, which means the color is baked into the shingle rather than a surface layer of paint that can suffer chipping and warping. You can also order asphalt shingles pressed into the general shape and texture of wood shingles.

Best: Slate Tiles

If you can afford slate tiles, these elegant stone pieces were one of the traditional roofing materials of the Chicago Style Bungalow. The slate should match or compliment the stone on the siding and you can have the roofers install the tiles to resemble the pattern in your masonry siding.

Slate has a long lifespan and is durable but will require specialized roofers who know what they are doing. Inexperienced roofers can crack or otherwise damage the slate tiles during installation.

You will also want to have your roofers over for a consultation if you have the gable-style roof. Not all Chicago Style gables were built to support slate tiles so your roof might not currently have enough bracing to support the weight of this heavy roofing material. Your roofers might be able to add the bracing if what you have is inadequate.

Worst: Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is available in several colors and textures and has come a long way, much like slate shingles. But metal roofing still has a bit of an industrial look that doesn't pair well with the brick and stone siding. The metal also isn't cheap and its key benefits – drainage and waterproofing – aren't needed on the sloped hip or gable roofs, which do an adequate job of draining thanks to gravity.


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