Answering Your Questions About Roofing

3 Natural Roofing Solutions To Give Your Home A Rustic, Traditional Look

by Donald Evans

If your home has a rustic design, the materials that you use can be natural. This means that you may want to continue this theme when installing the roof. There are many natural roofing materials that have traditionally been used on homes, which can help to keep the rustic-looking design theme. Here are some of the natural materials that you may want to consider to keep a rustic, natural design for your home:

1. Thatch For A Natural Look And Added Insulating Value

Thatch can be another great roofing material that you may want to consider for your home. This is a traditional method of using straw materials to cover a roof. It can give your home a rustic look that will last. Surprisingly, these tightly bound bundles of straw will not leak and can last for many years. In addition to being durable, straw is also a very energy efficient material that can help to insulate your home. This material is good for mild climates with significant amounts of rainfall. It may not be good for dry climates and areas with fire risks, due to the flammable nature of straw materials.

2. More Natural, Conventional Roofing With Different Shake Solutions

More natural, conventional roofing can also be done with wood materials. Split wood roofing materials are called shakes, and they are made through the process of splitting logs. In contrast, milled wood roofing materials with a smooth finish are called shingles. Both of these can be a durable roofing solution for your home that will last for many years and give your home a natural look. There are even fire-retardant wood shingles that can be used on homes that have a higher risk of fire, such as those in dry climates.

3. Using Stone Materials For A Durable, Natural Look For Your New Roof

Stone materials can also be a great choice for a durable look for your home. The most commonly used stone material for roofing is slate. This natural volcanic rock is split into roofing tiles and used to cover your roof. In some areas, slate may be less available, so alternatives like limestone roofing tiles may be used, which can be just as durable as, and more affordable than, imported slate.

These are some of the natural roofing materials that can be good to preserve the natural look of a rustic design. If you are ready to have a roof installed on your home, contact a roofing contractor at a company like HomeTowne Roofing and talk with them about some of these options.