Lowcountry farmhouses are a charming and picturesque style of architecture that is popular in the southeastern United States (think Southern Living). These homes are typically characterized by their large wraparound porches, spacious interiors, and low-slung roofs that provide shade and protection from the elements.
Types of Roofs Suitable for Lowcountry Farmhouses
The lowcountry region is known for its hot and humid climate, which makes it essential to choose the right type of roof for your lowcountry farmhouse. There are several types of roofs that fit well, considering curb appeal, resale value, sustainability, and durability.
Metal roofs are a popular choice for lowcountry farmhouses because they are durable and long-lasting. They are resistant to fire, insects, and rot, and they require minimal maintenance. Metal roofs are also energy-efficient, which can help reduce your energy bills. A metal roof can also significantly raise the resale value of the home.
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And contrary to popular belief, metal roofs are not loud in the rain and they are no more likely to attract lightning than any other type of roofing. The main concern most homeowners have with metal roofing is the cost. A metal roof will usually end up costing twice as much as an equal-sized asphalt shingle roof.
Asphalt shingle roofs are a popular choice for lowcountry farmhouses because they are affordable and easy to install. They come in a variety of colors and styles, making it easy to find a shingle that complements your home's design.
However, asphalt shingle roofs have a shorter lifespan than other types of roofs, typically lasting between 15 and 30 years. They are also susceptible to damage from high winds, hail, and extreme temperatures.
Many homeowners will choose architectural shingles over traditional 3-tab asphalt. Architectural shingles not only offer a more sophisticated appeal but are created using ceramic coated minerals and are prone to high winds of up to 130 MPH.
Wood Shakes & Shingles
Wood shakes and shingles are a popular choice for lowcountry farmhouses because they have a natural, rustic look that complements the region's natural surroundings. They are also energy-efficient and provide excellent insulation.
Just keep in mind that wood shake and shingle roofs require regular maintenance to prevent rot and insect infestations. For example, cedar shakes require protective treatments every one to three years or they'll degrade. The Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau recommends using a solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water.