California Roofing Styles: What’s on the Housing Market?

by / Saturday, 02 April 2022 / Published in Roofing Systems, Tips

Roofing contractors of California talk about roofing materials, style, and curb appeal.

Considering Roof Replacement or a New Home? Here’s What to Look For!

Despite the events of the past two years, the market for houses in the state of California is still very healthy. Making a home stand out among all the available options can be a difficult task. Roofs not only protect the home, but they are a final statement of design for the home, completing and complementing the look of the home. Both the roofing style and the material it is made up of contribute to the stability and aesthetic appeal of the house’s exterior.

Modern Roofing Types

Modern architectural design has developed many different styles of roofing. The traditional gabled roof with its uncomplicated lines is not seen on its own anymore. There are many other shapes that roofs can take. 

One of the most common types seen on modern houses in the hip and valley roof. This is a combination of peaks or ridges, called hips and V-shaped areas called valleys. This allows coverage of a home that does not just have a simple rectangular footprint. 

Here are a few of the other options for roofing types:

  • Lean-To or Skillion
  • Box Gable
  • Dormer
  • Hip
  • Butterfly
  • Gambrel or Barn
  • Mansard
  • Saltbox
  • Combination

Popular Roofing Materials

When it comes to what roofs are made of, there are perhaps not as many choices, but there are pros and cons to each choice. The one that fits your needs and budget best could be the subject of a consultation with a local roofer. 

Listed below are the main materials used for roofing and protecting a home’s interior from the elements.

  • Asphalt: The most widely used roofing material in the United States and beyond is probably asphalt shingles. They are flexible and reasonably inexpensive and last for 20 to 30 years. They are a decent investment overall and perhaps have the most variety available.
  • Clay Tile: The semicircular tiles create a strong interconnected pattern that protects well for up to 50 years. These tiles give an old-world look to a building, though replacing tiles can be a chore and costly.
  • Metal Roofing: Metal roofing is a great combination of durability, cost-effectiveness, and aesthetics. Metal roofing, like metal and vinyl siding, can be shaped to look like practically anything, so a homeowner is not limited to one look by this material. It lasts between 50 and 70 years.
  • Slate: The most durable, but also the heaviest and most expensive roofing is slate, thin panels of stone that create a strong environmental barrier. A slate roof needs extra support to prevent sagging and collapse, but the slate roof will last for up to 200 years.

Roof Maintenance and Repair

Any roof can be damaged by high winds or falling branches or serious storms. That’s when it’s time to call in the professionals. A roofing company can tell you whether a roofing repair is possible. That would be just patching a damaged area of a roof. 

Unfortunately, if the damage is severe and in multiple spots, a roofing replacement may be the best option. A roof inspection every year can help pinpoint possible weaknesses in the roof and catch leaks before they happen.

About Modern Method Roofing

For more than 60 years, Modern Method Roofing has been serving the Napa, CA, area. We pride ourselves on our customer service and offer a 12-year workmanship guarantee. Call us today for a roofing consultation.

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