Open gable roofs are one of the most classic and timeless roof styles around. When you ask a child to draw a house, the roof drawn will likely be an open gable, which is defined by two sloping sides that connect together at an upper point.
If your home has an open gable roof that needs replacement, there are some characteristics that make some roofing materials better than others. Here are a few of the options you can discuss when consulting with roofing companies.
Asphalt shingles are affordable, durable, and low maintenance. The main downside is that asphalt doesn't rank as one of the most attractive roofing materials, which is an especially large consideration with an open gable roof since most of the surface area will likely be visible from the road.
Another consideration is the potential for wind damage. Asphalt shingles are lightweight, and high winds can catch under the shingles and rip them off. The shape of an open gable leaves most of the surface area vulnerable to wind damage if your house is out in the open. If you have close neighbors or live in an area that doesn't experience high winds frequently, asphalt shingles might still be a fine choice for your open gable roof.
Wood or Slate Shingles
Wood and slate shingles are attractive roofing options that each have their own pros and cons when it comes to an open gable roof.
Wood shingles are thick and lain in such a way to facilitate water runoff, which isn't much of a problem with an open gable roof, anyway. Wood is high maintenance in that frequent temperature shifts can cause warping and insect infestation can damage the shingles. On the plus side, wood shingles are more affordable than slate shingles.
Slate shingles are more durable and low maintenance. The shingles or tiles can be lain in attractive brickwork patterns for more visual interest for your home. The slate is costlier but, if you have a higher budget, likely a better choice for your open gable roof than wood.
Clay tiles are often associated with Spanish-style homes but the tiles are available in a wide range of colors beyond that distinctive red. Neutral toned tiles can make any open gable roof look like something out of a fairy tale story.
Clay tiles are durable against most weather damage and insects. The tiles are quite heavy so you want to ask the roofing contractor if your current roof has enough stability to support the weight of the tiles.
For more information, contact Standard Roofing Corp roofing or a similar company.