Special Considerations When Choosing A Roof For A Chicago Style Bungalow

The Chicago Style Bungalow sprung up in that city during the 1920s and 1930s and combined the small, geometric floor plan of the Bungalow with some decorative elements of the Prairie architectural style that was popular at the time. Features of the Chicago Bungalow included numerous windows with decorative panes, elaborate or decorative doors, and brick siding. The homes are topped off with either a hipped or low-pitched gable roof that possibly has a dormer, which is a roofed architectural protrusion containing windows that extends the indoor living space.

If you have a Chicago Bungalow that needs a new roof, consider some factors relevant to the style of the home and roof when discussing materials with your roofing contractors.

Do You Want to Stick with Traditional Tiles?

Chicago Style Bungalows traditionally had roofs covered with slate tiles. The natural stone color provided a nice color contrast to the warm brick siding and the stone tiles could be installed in a pattern that either mimicked or offset the pattern of the bricks. On a hipped roof, the pattern of the tiles can detract from the rectangular shape that can make the house look even boxier than it does naturally.

The main downside to slate tiles is the cost as stone is one of the most expensive roofing materials. Slate also has a hefty physical weight, which can cause a problem if you have a gable roof that wasn't built to support slate tiles. Gable roofs often have minimal roof support beams in order to preserve indoor space. Ask your roofing contractor to check your gable roof to make sure you have sufficient bracing or if the bracing could be added if you want to use slate as your roofing material.  

Do You Prefer a Low-Cost and Low-Maintenance Roof?

The low-maintenance nature of slate is a major selling point but stone isn't the only low-maintenance material on the market. Asphalt shingles, also called composite roofing, has one of the lowest material prices with a decent level of durability. While asphalt isn't as elegant as stone, composite material fabrication has come a long way over the years and asphalt now comes in several colors and textures that can help accent your roof without drawing too much attention away from your siding and decorative elements.

Asphalt works well on hipped roofs, which have large surface areas that can drive project costs up too high with other materials. But the asphalt shingles also work on the Chicago Style Bungalow's gable, which has a low enough slope that the sides don't accelerate potential damage-causing winds that could loosen the light shingles.

For more information, contact local professionals like Rainy Day Exteriors.