Tips For Identifying A Saltbox Home – And How To Choose The Best Roofing Material

Smaller, less ornamental homes seem like the easiest kind to identify by name, but several styles fit this description. If you suspect your home is a Saltbox style, there are a few key characteristics that can help you in that identification. You can then use that knowledge to select the best material for your roof repair or replacement project with roofing contractors.

Identifying a Saltbox Home

A Saltbox looks highly symmetrical from the front with its rectangular shape and evenly spaced shuttered windows. In fact, you might confuse the Saltbox home for a regular Colonial home – if it weren't for the Saltbox's distinct asymmetrical roof. The roof style is so distinctive that both the roof and house share the same name.

A saltbox roof has a shorter, less steep segment that starts at the front of the house and slopes gently towards the peak. After the peak, the roof gives way to a very steep rear roof that bisects some of the floor plans in the back of the house.

What type of roofing materials bests suits this asymmetrical roof style?

Wood Shingles

The steep rear segment of the Saltbox's roof makes that side susceptible to wind damage when rushing air goes up that steep slope, catches under the roofing, and potentially loosens or damages lightweight materials like asphalt. You want to choose a heavier roofing material that isn't prone to this type of wind damage. Wood shingles are one such material.

Wood shingles can mimic the general aesthetics of your house, depending on what stain color you choose. You can even upgrade to wood shakes, which have a slightly thicker and more rustic appearance if you want to have a more farmhouse or cottage look to the house. Do note that wood roofing does require a bit of upkeep if you live in areas with hard winters and hot summers, since the wood can warp in the elements over time.

Slate Tiles

Slate tiles have a natural elegance that can elevate the simplicity of your Saltbox home. The slate tiles have more than enough weight to avoid wind damage. Your saltbox roof should have enough bracing to support the slate easily.

Slate tiles can drive roofing project costs up, but the segmented front section can help minimize the costs compared to roof styles with larger surface areas. And the long-lasting and low-maintenance natures of slate can make the upfront costs well worth the investment.

For more information about the best roofing options for a Saltbox home, contact professional roofing companies in your area, like Gulfside Roofing Inc.

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