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Your Home’s Royal Crown: What Roof Style Fits You?

Your roof is the crown of your home. It is the ultimate component that brings your little kingdom together and provides protection from outsiders. Without the proper crown, your home is subject to the demands of negligence and higher bills. Keep in mind that roofs made with improper materials may lead to leaks, bugs, and decay, costing you a pretty penny for a replacement. Your roof also plays a major role in the ventilation of your home which, in turn, effects your energy bills. While all of this is critical, there are many roof designs and materials along the Wasatch front that can still reflect your personal style. Here are some of the most popular roofing materials and styles in the Salt Lake Valley.

Materials

Choosing a roof for your home along the Wasatch front means you must find a material that can weather the storm. Durable selections include asphalt shingles, concrete, and metal, all of which are made for low temperatures and heavy snow. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable and popular choice among homes in Utah and come in a variety of styles and colors.  Concrete tiles can be molded into any shape or design and can even look just like asphalt shingles, with the advantage that they last much longer; however, they can also be a little pricier. A third option is metal which allows snow and ice to slide right off and includes heating cables to prevent unnecessary weight and leaks.

Style

Here’s where you get to display your style for the world to see! The most popular roof designs in the Salt Lake Valley include gable and hipped styles at different pitches. Whether you’re looking for a traditional, craftsman, or contemporary elevation, these roofs will transform four corners into your family’s castle.

Traditional

Traditional designs use a gable roof style and look somewhat like a child’s drawing of a home. Two roof surfaces are pitched at the same angle into a triangular shape allowing water to run off easily and alleviating snow weight. The gabled roof is usually set at a high pitch creating beautiful mountain-like peaks.

Craftsman

Craftsman designs also use a gable roof which means high ceilings and better ventilation. These roofs are built with the peaks meeting on the side of the home instead of the front giving it a beautiful artisan look.

Contemporary

Contemporary home designs feature a hipped roof which inclines on all four sides and has a longer overhang. While they don’t allow as much internal space, they are excellent for high wind areas and, too, are great for snow run off. If you are looking for a contemporary home design, a hipped roof is the perfect choice.