Tips For Identifying A Prairie Home – And How To Choose The Best Roofing Material

Several different residential architectural styles have simplified forms meant to blend into the surrounding landscape—and that can also cause the styles to blend into one another. But if you suspect your home is Prairie style, there are a few hints that can help you be sure of the diagnosis. Knowing that your home is Prairie can guide materials decisions when working with roofing contractors on a new roof or replacement project.

Here are a few tips for identifying a Prairie home and a couple of the best roofing materials for the job.

Identifying a Prairie Home

Prairie homes hide a smaller, boxy floor plan within a lot of architectural asymmetry. Varying sizes of large windows line most sides of the home. The front door is offset and perhaps recessed but accented with a small porch with large flanking supports. Brick or clay ornamentation can used as decoration along the windows, doors, and supports.

The siding is typically brick, wood, or a combination of materials. The roof is likewise complex with the possibility of a single, flat-style roof or multiple low-sloped roofs that cross over one another. Identifying your type of roof or roofs can help you choose the best material for your job.

Best Flat Roofing: Metal Shingles

Flatter roofs have a mild slope that can help water go towards the drain system. The slope is enough to keep stagnant water from living on top of your house but might not effectively or efficiently move away large amounts of rainwater. Choosing metal roofing material can help the roof drain that water faster, while also offering more waterproofing protection.

Metal shingles have a smooth surface and can be installed tightly together. This setup allows rainwater to quickly pass over the surface of the shingles without the risk it of soaking between the shingles and causing damage to your sub-roofing. Metal roofing requires little maintenance and is fairly affordable considering the advantages it provides.

Best Low-Slope Roofing: Asphalt or Wood Shingles

Low-slope roofs have more of a slope than the flat roof, so waterproofing assistance isn't needed. These roofs are also more visible from the curb than a flat roof, so you want to choose a roofing material that offers both form and function.

If you want to stick to a tight budget or want a low-maintenance roofing option, asphalt shingles might prove your best choice. The asphalt shingles install quickly, cost less than most other roofing, and don't require much upkeep. The shingles can come fabricated in a variety of colors and textures to best suit your Prairie home's décor needs.

Want the look of real wood to match to your siding? Wood shingles offer an attractive option, though they do require some maintenance, as the natural material can warp after frequent exposure to harsher weather.