Neoclassical homes combine the simple geometry of Colonial homes with more ornamental details taken from Greek, Roman, and general Victorian architecture. There are different styles of Neoclassical homes that vary in ornamentation. Knowing the style of your home and its roof style can help you choose the best roofing material when working with your roofing contractors for a replacement or roof repair job.
Georgian homes feature decorative columns and a rounded window accenting the front door, windows divided into multiple panes, and decorative wooden accents along the eaves. The roof typically has a modified, medium-pitch front-facing gable roof, which features two sides -- one on the front of the house and one on the back – that rise to meet at a peak.
The Georgian's roof style is highly visible and the ornamentation of the home calls for one of the nicer roofing materials. Wood shakes or shingles are the more budget-friendly option though can require a bit more maintenance due to insect damage or weather warping. Wood roofing comes from cedar trees cut in either thick rustic shakes or pressed into smoother shingles, and both can come with a stain color of your choosing.
Slate provides the higher end roofing option for a Georgian home, but you will need to make sure your gable roof has adequate bracing to support the weight of the slate tiles. Traditional gable roofs tend to have minimal bracing but the lower-sloped gable on a Georgian might have more bracing, or you can have the bracing added. Slate has a natural elegance and a low-maintenance nature that's hard to beat if the material fits within your budget.
Federal homes offer a simplified take on the more ornate Georgian home style. A Federal home has a simple rectangular floor plan and a structure that's taller and longer than it is wide. Simplified columns accenting a small porch make up the bulk of a Federal's ornamentation, and the roof style is either flat or a low-pitched variation on a gable roof.
If your Federal home has the flat roof, you want to choose a roofing material that can help with drainage without running up costs since no one can see the roof anyway. Metal roofing in either flat shingles or standing seam panels, which alternate valleys and raised ridges, can help with water runoff due to the flat, smooth surfaces. And the tight fit of the materials offers a higher degree of waterproofing than many other roofing materials.
Asphalt shingles offer a more affordable alternative to metal roofing and can still help with drainage due to the mostly flat surface. Asphalt shingles will also work well on Federal homes with the gable roof style. Traditional gables, with steeper sloping sides, pair poorly with asphalt due to the propensity of wind hitting the sides of the roof and loosening the lightweight material. But the low slope of the Federal's gable negates this problem.
If you need help deciding which style of roof you have and what materials will fit that style and your budget, contact a roofing contractor like Suncastle Roofing Inc for more information.