making decisions about roof replacements

making decisions about roof replacements

3 Best Roofing Materials For A Mission-Style Home

by Lorraine Fisher

Mission-style homes, also called Mission Revival, have distinct Spanish-inspired elements including curved roof parapets and square support columns for the long, parallel lower porch and the second-floor balcony. A gable roof peeks through the parapets to finish off the look of the home.

If you have a Mission-style home that needs a new roof, the style of the home and shape of the low-pitched gable roof can help choose the most suitable roofing materials. Continue reading for three of the best materials your roofing repair contractors can provide for your home.

Clay Tiles

Mission-style residences first appeared in the late 1800s to early 1900s. The materials included the light stucco used for the siding and bright red clay tiles for the roof. You can replace your current roofing material with clay tiles to bring back the original style of the home.

Clay tiles have long lifespans and require little maintenance. You do need to make sure your roofing contractors have experience installing this material as clay can easily break during the installation process. Numerous broken tiles can add to project costs or leave you with a damaged roof after the installation completes.

You don't have to go with red clay. The tiles come in a variety of natural clay colors that will always keep your home looking natural even with a brighter hue roof.

Asphalt Shingles

Roofing materials can add up to high project costs. Need to stick to a strict roofing budget? Consider using asphalt shingles on your Mission-style home.

Asphalt comes with a low price, high durability, and offers some drainage assistance. Gable roofs can drain water fine due to the slope but the area between the roof and parapets can create a water-trapping valley. The flat asphalt shingles can help direct water out of the valley and into the gutters.

Gable roofs and asphalt don't always make the best match. Steep slopes on the gable can speed up oncoming wind that can loosen or destroy the lightweight asphalt shingles. But the Mission-style home has a lower-sloped version of the gable roof and the parapets offer a windbreak.

Wood Shingles

Want to go with a more traditional material than asphalt but can't afford – or don't like the look of – clay tile? Consider using wood shingles on the roof.

Fabricators cut wood shingles from cedar trees then stain the shingles a natural color and seal with a weatherproof material. The shingles offer a textured look similar to that of clay tiles and come in similarly warm, earthy colors.

Wood shingles do need occasional maintenance to check for signs of insect damage or weather-warping. The wood also won't help with drainage in the valley so your roofing contractor might want to install metal flashing under the wood to provide the drainage.


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making decisions about roof replacements

Is the roof on your home ready for replacement? If so, do you know what type of roofing you are going to have installed to replace it? Will you have the existing roof removed, or just have the home re-roofed? You will face several decisions while you work to replace the roof on your home. Scroll through my site to find a great list that can help you decide what product and method of installation will be best for your home. Hopefully, the information provided will take some of the confusion and stress out of this big, important home improvement project.