3 Best And Worst Roofing Materials For An Eastlake Victorian

Queen Anne Victorians have a lovely asymmetrical style complete with turrets, bay windows, and ornamental spindles. Eastlakes, a subset of Queen Annes, bump up the ornamentation a few notches with lacework style décor on the eaves and spindles. The Eastlake Victorian retains most of the other aspects of the Queen Anne including the multi-gabled roof.

If you have an Eastlake Victorian that needs a new roof, the house style and roof shape can help determine the best and worst roofing for your home. Discuss your options in detail with your roofing contractors.

Best: Wood Shingles or Shakes

Woodwork comprises the distinctive ornamentation on the Eastlake Victorian. You can reflect that style element on to the roof with the use of wooden shingles or shakes.

Wooden shingles and shakes differ in texture only since both come cut from the same type of tree and come in a variety of stain colors. The shingles have a cut that's more compressed and flatter than the shakes, which have a more rustic look and a thicker texture. Shingles tend to have a lower price than shakes. But the prime difference comes down to your stylistic preference.

Best / Worst: Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and textures that can even mimic the look of wood shakes. The material is durable, easy to install, and could serve as one of the best or worst roofing materials for your Eastlake Victorian depending on how much frequent, direct wind your house receives.  

The gabled segments on your home roof each have two steep sides. If the oncoming wind hits those sides directly, the slope can speed up the wind and potentially damage a lightweight material like the asphalt shingles. On some homes, this problem is easily solved if you have a windbreak on the sides of the home where the roof slopes are located.

But an Eastlake potentially has slopes in nearly every direction. If you have windbreaks on all sides, asphalt could work well for your roofing needs. But if a section or sections of your roof receive frequent, direct wind, you should stick with a heavier roofing material like wood.

Worst: Slate Tiles

You want to avoid going too heavy with the roofing materials on the gable roofs because the roof design has minimal bracing to provide maximum interior space. The bracing might not support the weight of heavy roofing materials like slate tiles and could cause your roof to collapse.

To learn more, contact a company like DiRoma Roofing