Bungalow style homes offer small floor plans and a quaint, almost rustic look to the building. Different styles of bungalows can bring additional ornamentation to the mix such as the two Spanish-inspired bungalow styles: Mission and Spanish Colonial. The styles vary in some ornamental details but unite in having gable-style roofs – a roofing style defined by having two parallel sides with moderate to steep slopes that meet at a sharp peak.
Understanding the gable roof style, and the architectural elements of the Spanish-inspired bungalows, can help you choose the best roofing material for your roof replacement project. Here are a couple of factors to consider before your next meeting with the roofing company.
Is Your Roof Braced for Traditional Tile?
Clay tile is a traditional roofing material for any architectural style with Spanish influences. The red clay evokes the global spice of the origin country while also offsetting the typically white or light-colored siding on the home. Clay tiles also add an attractive, distinct texture to the roof.
Gable roofs traditionally have minimal bracing to allow for more inside space, so there's usually not enough support to safely hold heavy clay tiles. But Spanish-inspired bungalows were often built with clay tiles as the original roofing material, which means bracing was already added to accommodate the weight.
Ask your roofing contractors to conduct a check on your Spanish-inspired bungalow to see if the roof has enough bracing for the clay tiles. Or ask if it would be possible to add enough bracing to make this roofing material a safe option.
Do Your Gables Have Low Angles or Little Direct Wind?
Standard gable roofs have a fairly high pitch on both sides but Spanish-inspired bungalows sometimes have modified gables that have moderate to low pitches, which means the roof sides have much less of a slope. This difference matters if you have considered asphalt roofing for your project due to the low price of the building material.
Asphalt roofing matches poorly with a traditional gable roof because the steep sides can attract wind damage to the lightweight shingles. Lower pitched versions of the gable don't accelerate oncoming wind in the same way, so those roofs are at less of a risk of wind-related asphalt shingle damage.
If you aren't sure whether your gable sides have a high pitch or receive a lot of direct wind, call in your roofers for a consultation. Note that if you have natural windbreaks around your house, the chances of wind damage are minimal regardless of the roof slope.