Tudor Cottages have a classic, storybook look with stone or brick siding and a large, asymmetrical gabled roof that extends across most of the home's front. The cottage features dormers and a large chimney that also protrude through the roof. If you own a home of this style, choosing the right roofing material can go a long way towards retaining that storybook look for years to come.
Here are a few of the best and worst roofing materials for a Tudor Cottage home that you can discuss further with your roofing companies.
Best: Wood Shakes or Shingles
Wood shakes or shingles have a thicker texture, with shakes being even thicker than shakes, and natural wood-stain coloration that pairs well with the country charm of the Tudor Cottage. The shakes match well with the warmth and geometry of brick siding and can serve as a more rustic accent to stone siding.
Using wood as your roofing material can make for more long-term maintenance than some other roofing materials. The wood can potentially become warped over years of exposure to freezing temperatures, which make the wood contract or shrink, and high heats, which make the wood expand.
Best: Slate Tiles
Slate tiles are another roofing material that pairs well with both the masonry siding and the stone siding. The tiles have a smooth surface and straight edges that allow your roofing contractor to lay the tile like traditional shingles, or in masonry patterns, such as herringbone, to match up with the brick on your siding.
Note that slate tiles look best with stone siding when the stones aren't the same type or colors. You don't want to use slate roofing on a slate house or else there's no visual separation between siding and roof, and your home becomes washed out and less charming.
Another problem with slate roofing is the high price tag. The Tudor Cottage roof can have a decent amount of surface area, which leads to higher product costs in general, but especially when using a costlier material like slate. But the material is highly durable and will last years without maintenance.
Worst: Asphalt or Metal Roofing
Asphalt shingles have an attractively low cost and decent durability, but the material doesn't match the charm or the storybook nature of the Tudor Cottage. The lightweight of the roofing can also cause a problem on the steeper side of the roof if the roof receives frequent, direct winds. The steep slope accelerates the winds and can cause the wind to damage or remove the asphalt shingles.
Metal roofing fabrication has become more modernized, but the material still has a bit too industrial of a look for the Tudor Cottage. The metal roofing is also typically used when a roof needs additional help with drainage or waterproofing, and those aspects don't match up to the Tudor Cottage's asymmetrical and well-draining roof. Contact roofing companies in your area to learn more.
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