Do you own a historic home? Does your historic home have a roofing issue that needs to be addressed? Not every roofing material is a good option for aged and historic homes. It’s important to know what your options are and how to choose the best material.
Asphalt has historically been used as a durable residential roofing option. It’s an inexpensive roofing material that comes in a variety of styles and last several years.
Slate Tile or Clay
Many historic and older residential roofs are made of slate, a durable roofing material with a lifespan of more than 100 years if maintained properly. Available as a slightly more expensive roofing option, slate tile or clay materials are known for lasting considerably longer than many cheaper materials.
Originally hand-split from local oak and pine woods, wood shingles were very popular roofing options for homes during the 19th and 20th centuries. Wood shingles are known for their anti-rotting and durable qualities, and can come in a variety of colors depending on the style of home. In 2020, wood shingles are still in use for aged and new homes; they sit as a cheaper and more environment-friendly roofing option for homeowners.
Metal roofing options have been used for homes for more than three centuries; even before Thomas Jefferson’s 1740s Monticello roof. As a slightly more expensive material than most roofing options, metal-based roofing is economical and very durable. Of the metal roofing options, copper and sheet metal shingles are some of the best options because their lifespans can be more than 100 years.