Talking About Roofing Services

Talking About Roofing Services

3 Best Roofing Materials For A Ranch-Style Home

Brittany Howard

The ranch-style home is a classic piece of Americana with its low vertical profile and wide horizontal living space. Ranch homes are often asymmetrical with adjoining wings, and the hipped roof follows similar lines. When choosing a roofing material for a ranch-style home, you want to choose something that will accent your home without overpowering the simple lines.

What are some of the best roofing materials for a ranch home? Here are a few materials to discuss with your residential roofing contractors. 

Wood Shingles or Shakes

Ranch homes are known for their ability to blend into the natural landscape due to the simply architectural lines. You can enhance the harmony between home and nature by choosing wood shingles or shakes for your roofing project.

Wood shingles or shakes are natural looking and earthy with a textured appearance that will also add depth to your home's roof. The shingles or shakes are cut from cedar – with shakes being cut thicker and shingles being thinner and more lightweight – then stained a natural color.

Wood can be a bit higher maintenance if you live in an area with frequent weather swings between freezing and hotter weather. But you might consider the possibility of occasional maintenance worth the visual payoff.

Asphalt Shingles

Do you want a roofing material that is easy to install, durable, and budget-friendly that also won't overwhelm the simplicity of your home? Consider using asphalt shingles in your ranch home roofing project.

Asphalt shingles are lightweight and available in several colors and textures that can even mimic wood or slate. The thinness of the shingles means that the asphalt can also be installed in different brick-like patterns to accentuate the lines of your asymmetrical roofs.

The lightness of the asphalt shingles can prove a bad thing if you live in an especially windy area. But the gentle slopes of the hipped roof should help mitigate the potential wind damage. And any wind-loosened or removed shingles will be fairly easy to replace.

Metal Shingles or Roofing

The low sloping sides of a hipped roof mean that water doesn't drain off as easily as with higher-sloped styles like the gable roof. If your home has two wings, the point where the two hipped roofs meet can also create a valley where water can collect and potentially cause interior damage to your home. Your roofing contractor can help ease these problems with the use of metal roofing.

Metal roofing across your entire ranch roof can accentuate the lines while bringing energy efficiency and durability to the table. The metal roofing can bend around the hard to reach hip corners to provide thorough waterproofing there. And the slick metal can also serve as a funnel of sorts for helping water or snow move off the roof and into your drainage pipes. 

For more help selecting the right roofing option for your ranch-style home, work with a local roofing company. You can click here for info about roofing services in your area. 


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Hello, I'm Erica. Welcome to my site about roofing services. We moved into a home in the middle of a stormy country. Although the roof was nice when we moved in, the constant barrage of storms quickly changed its construction. The shingles flew off and flashing unwound until the roof looked awful and started to leak. At that point, we knew we needed to act fast. Luckily, with one call to a roofer, we scheduled the repairs needed to keep it in great shape, even through future storms. I will use this site to talk more about how our roof was repaired and storm proofed.