Special Considerations When Choosing Roofing Materials for a Raised Ranch Home

Raised Ranch was an architectural style that popped up between the mid-1940s and early 1980s and simply added more stories to the classic Split-Level Ranch. Defining features include an asymmetrical layout with one wing of the house at least a story taller than the shorter wing, a recessed door, simplistic siding and windows, and two low-sloped gable roofs that face in different directions.

If you own a Raised Ranch house and need residential roof repairs or a roof replacement, there are some architectural aspects to keep in mind when choosing your roofing material. Here are a few matters to discuss with your roofing contractors.

Do You Have a Tight Roofing Budget?

Gable roofs, particularly low-slope versions, don't have the largest surface areas among the many different roof types. But your Raised Ranch has two gabled roofs, which can still add up to high project costs due to the amount of material needed to cover both roofs. Do you have a tight roofing budget? You might want to stick with asphalt shingles.

Asphalt shingles have one of the lowest price tags among roofing materials. The shingles come in several different colors with the dye fabricated into the material so there isn't any surface paint that can chip or wear off. Fabricators can also press the shingles to resemble the textured thickness of wood shakes or shingles.

This material has a decent amount of durability, with potential sun damage and wind damage as the strongest risks. The latter stands particularly true with a traditional gable roof, which has wind-accelerating steep slopes, but this shouldn't cause an issue on your modified, lower-sloped gable roof.

Does Your Lower Gable Roof Have Drainage Issues?

Gable roofs with an degree of slope have a natural ability to shed off rainwater and melted snow, so drainage and waterproofing typically don't appear on the list of potential problems. The Raised Ranch, however, could have issues with drainage due to the positioning of one higher gable roof over a lower gable roof. If the higher roof drains directly onto the lower roof, and the lower roof forms a valley where it meets the house, you could end up with some trapped water that could cause water damage.

If you suspect a water drainage issue, discuss the possibility of metal roofing with your roofing contractors. You can use the metal as an all-over roofing material without worrying that your home will look like a large shed. Metal-roofing fabricators can make the metal a variety of colors and press the material to resemble thicker shingles. The sleek surface of the metal provides a great way to steer water out of tricky areas and into your drainage system.

If you don't want to use metal roofing across both gabled roofs, ask your contractors about the possibility of using metal flashing only in the difficult-to-drain valley area. The bendable flashing can still reroute the water while another roofing material is over the flashing edges and the rest of the roof so that you don't have two roofs full of metal. Talk to a contractor such as Homestreet Roofing Inc for more ideas for your home.