Dutch Colonial Revival was an architectural style popular in the United States from the late 1800s to the 1940s. Characteristics of this style include a gambrel – or barn-style – roof and a narrow porch with overhanging eaves. The roof of a Dutch Colonial home is highly visible, so its important to choose shingles that match the siding of the home and will look good from the street.
Here are a few of the best shingle options for a Dutch Colonial home. Consult with your contractor or roofer to find the best building materials for your particular project.
The most authentic shingle match for a Dutch Colonial are naturally elegant slate shingles. Stick to natural tones of dark or light grey. Opt for the lighter color if the exterior of your home has neutral to cool-neutral tones in the siding or paint and the dark grey or black for a warmer-toned exterior.
Slate has a number of advantages including long lifespans and weather resistance when installed correctly. But slate is also one of the most expensive shingle materials to cut and install. And an untrained roofer could step on the shingles in the wrong way and cause unseemly cracks.
On other house styles, you could do slate towards the bottom and a cheaper material up higher. But on the Dutch Colonial, nearly the full roof is visible from the street. So if you want slate, you will have to accept the high price tag of using it across the whole roof.
Dark Cedar Shingles
If you want a shingle that's cheaper than slate but still offers natural warmth, consider using cedar shingles. Dark cedar shingles in particular add interest to a gabled roof, particularly if alternating shades of the shingles are used across the roof. The shades should be fairly close together in tone so that the roof doesn't get a garish or mismatched look.
Cedar shingles are durable, weather-resistant, and offer a degree of natural insulation for the upper rooms of your home. This might help reduce heating and cooling costs if your attic isn't properly insulated.
The only real downside is that cedar, though cheaper than slate, is still a lot more expensive than other roofing materials.
Laminated Asphalt Shingles
If you're working on a tight budget, you might be tempted to slap some cheap asphalt shingles onto your roof. But traditional asphalt shingles can look as cheap as they cost.
Instead, look for laminated asphalt shingles. The cost will be slightly higher but the manufacturing process makes these shingles look more textured and deep, which is closer to slate and cedar in appearance.
For more information, contact American Building & Roofing Inc. or a similar company.