Residential architectural styles aren't easy for everyone to identify – even if they own a home in a given style. Some regal, French-inspired styles bear a similarity to one another that can make it hard to choose your home out of the lineup. But there are qualities to help identify a French Provincial style home. And those differences can also help you choose the best roofing material for your roof repairs or replacement project.
Here are a few tips for identifying a French Provincial home and the best roofing materials to discuss with your roofing repairs contractors.
Identifying a French Provincial Home
French Provincial homes are often taller than wide and have brick siding or construction offset with stone or metal detailing. The windows and accents are very symmetrical for an overall balanced look. The doors are recessed and accented with overhanging arches and the second story windows have similar arches that stick into the lower part of the roof.
A French Provincial has a defining modified hip roof that has steeper sloping sides than a traditional hip. A hip roof has four sides, two sets of parallels, which rise sharply to meet at a somewhat low peak. This roof style and the siding materials can help you determine the best roofing materials for your home.
Best Roofing: Slate Tiles
The brick siding and stone detailing, if present, both pair well with slate tile roofing. The tiles have a similar natural warmth and elegance. Roofing contractors can install the tile in a brickwork pattern to either match your siding, with the differing color of the slate keeping your home from looking washed out or to compliment the siding pattern.
Slate is durable and requires no maintenance. You do want to hire an experienced company since installation is when the most potential damage can happen to the slate tiles. The cost might be prohibitive to some homeowners especially because the hipped roof has a relatively large surface area that needs covering with the roofing material.
Best Roofing: Metal Roofing
Metal roofing might seem like a rather industrial option for a French country home. But this roofing material is an excellent match on a French Provincial that has decorative metal details in its brickwork. Metal can come in various styles and shapes including planks that would give the hipped roof more of a striped look and traditional shingles. The metal can come painted a variety of colors to best suit your design scheme.
Metal roofing is relatively durable and long lasting, though not as much as the slate. But metal roofing does come with a lower price tag than the stone tiles.
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