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Although many people assume that roofs are a part of the house that doesn’t allow much creativity, that’s not really the case. In reality, roofs are rarely a one-size-fits-all type of thing. There are various types and styles of roofs, and which one you get depends on where you live, the style of your home, and your budget — but it also depends on your tastes and creativity. If you’d like to give your house a more personal, unique look, consider installing a roof that’s unlike any other in the neighborhood.
Here are four of our favorite creative residential roofs to help you get some ideas for your own.
1. Shed Roof
If you thought shed roofs were only for your shed, well, think again! Also called skillion roofs, they are pitched in one direction. Shed roofs are becoming increasingly more popular on homes as they provide a minimalist, modern look. What’s more, installing a shed roof is fairly simple, which means you get an interesting roof with less work.
The biggest advantage of a shed roof is that, since it drains water on one side, it’s easy to store and reuse rainwater. Therefore, it’s a perfect choice if you’re trying to live a more sustainable life. However, the downside of having a shed roof might be losing attic space due to its steep slope.
Nothing beats natural light, and what better way to ensure your home gets plenty than installing a transparent roof? Though most often used for patios and botanical gardens, transparent roofs look amazing on the home as well. In addition, a transparent roof will decrease your dependency on artificial lights and regulate the indoor temperature.
However, there are some things to consider when installing a transparent roof. First off, you must choose the right material. Otherwise, your house will be too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. We recommend you get polycarbonate, which is exceptionally strong and durable. Also, you need to make sure the installation is done perfectly, so as not to leave any chance of rain getting through to the house.
3. Thatched Roof
Many people dream of running off to the country and living in a house like this. But why not make your own dream house right where you are? Thatched roofs are beautiful and give a vintage look to a house, but like with any bold design, there are pros and cons to it.
The benefits of a thatched roof are numerous. First, it’s excellent for insulation, which means that your house will be warm in the winter and cool during summer. Next, thatched roofs are among the most durable roofing options, lasting up to 60 years. Finally, thatch is probably the most eco-friendly material you can use for a roof. It’s grown and harvested without machinery, and you can try to buy it from a local source.
On the other hand, the downside of a thatched roof is that it can be a fire hazard. For that reason, you need to properly maintain the chimney flue. Also, you need to make sure the chimney has a flue liner, as it will protect the chimney cavity and reduce the risk of fires.
4. Wave Roof
The wave roof, symbolizing the Aegean Sea on the shores of which the house is located, is the ultimate dream roof. Though perfect for the vacation home by the beach, there’s no reason why wave roofs can’t work anywhere else. Wave roofs look modern and give an edgy, cool look to the structure. If you’d like to add a wow factor to your house, this could definitely be it.
In addition, wave roofs are low maintenance. The roof maintenance strategy would be the same as any other roof, and they look much better. However, depending on the complexity of the curve a wave roof can be a costly option.
If you like a traditional red brick roof, that’s completely fine. However, roofs do allow a ton of creativity and can really add to the house design. Hopefully, the designs we presented at least inspired you to try something new with your own roof!
Got a custom roofing project planned and need an experienced roofing contractor to get the job done? Call Prime Roofing today at (904) 530-1446 to discuss your vision and we’ll provide a free estimate and roadmap.