Five of the Best Roofing Options for Historic Homes

Roofs do more than just protect the people inside the home. They also reflect the character of the home on which they’re installed.

Old, historic homes need roofs that reflect their individual character. Here are five of the best roofing options for your historic home, whether it has belonged to you and your family for a long time, or you just moved in and are looking to replace the roof.

1. Wood shingles – Widely used in the U.S. since the seventeenth century, wood shingles are one of the oldest roofing materials still in use today. These became popular on ranch houses in the 1940s and continue to look best with Arts & Crafts and cottage-style homes.

2. Slate – Slate is a natural, traditional roofing material. It is costly, but it offers a certain kind of beauty that can last for more than a century. U.S. homes started using it in the eighteenth century, importing the material from Wales. Today, many homes use man-made slate, which is lighter and cheaper, but isn’t very durable.

3. Metal –  If you’re looking for a light yet durable roofing material, you’ve got to consider metal roofing. Homeowners can choose from a wide variety of metal roofing, which looks good on any structure, whether it’s a residential or commercial building. This has been in use since the eighteenth century.

4. Tile – Tiles made of terracotta, or “baked earth,” have protected Spanish-style homes in America since the eighteenth century and continue to provide shelter for many homes. They are also fireproof, which makes them a good choice in fire-prone locations.

5. Asphalt shingles – These have been used in homes since the mid-nineteenth century. There are lighter, cheaper models for those who want to spend less, and then there are heavy architectural shingles that mimic the look of wood or slate. 

If you’re looking for reliable roofing contractors, look no further than Garlock-French Corporation. We’ve served homeowners since 1932, and you can rely on our decades of experience. Contact us at (612) 722-7129, or fill out our contact form for a free quote. We serve clients in St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN.