3 Best Roofing Materials For A Backsplit Split-Level Home

A backsplit split-level home has a taller, two-story segment in front of a lower one-story segment. Each segment has its own roof with the taller segment typically having a hipped shape roof while the lower segment has a gabled style roof. The shape and alignment of these roofs can help you determine the best roofing material for your roofing repair or replacing project.

Here are a few of the best roofing materials for a backsplit split-level home. Discuss your options in more depth with your roofing contractors.

Asphalt Shingles

A backsplit split-level home has two roofs that need to be covered and both roof shapes have a decent amount of surface area at play. The amount of roofing material required can drive up project costs fast. If you're budget-minded, consider asphalt shingles for at least one roof.

Asphalt shingles are powerhouses due to the low cost, light weight, and decent durability packed into small shingles that are available in many colors and textures. The asphalt can be damaged by high winds on gabled roofs, but your taller house segment acts as a natural windbreak.

If you don't love the look of asphalt, you could consider only using the material on the rear gable roof that's away from the street. Asphalt is a particularly good match for that roof style because a gable roof doesn't have the level of bracing required to support heavier roofing materials like slate tiles.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are cut from cedar and can be stained a variety of earthy colors. The shingles are about the heaviest roofing material that the gabled roof can support without paying for extra bracing. And the shingles can further bring out the ranch-home elements of a split-level style house.

There is a bit more maintenance involved with wood roofing due to the possibility of insect damage and weather damage if you live in an area with freezing winters. Wood is prone to warping and rot over time and is more difficult to replace than asphalt. But the visual appeal is sometimes worth the extra maintenance and possibility of shingle replacement down the road.   

Metal Roofing

The hipped roof has some sharp corners that can prove trickier to waterproof when laying roofing materials. The hipped roof can also shed water and snow straight down onto the gabled roof, which can make waterproofing an issue on the lower roof as well. Metal roofing is a great way to guarantee adequate waterproofing for both roofs.

Do the words "metal roofing" bring to mind the roof of a shack or shed? Modern metal roofing is available in a variety of matte colors and textures that can better help the material compliment your architecture and even resemble other roofing materials.

For more information, contact a company like Specialty Commercial Contractors Llc