The American Foursquare style of architecture hit peak popularity between the late 1800s and early 1930s. The Foursquare's simplistic lines both inside and out came as a reaction to the overly ornate Victorian styles that preceded the Foursquare's popularity. Roofing was a major feature of a Foursquare as the hipped roof with dormers and perhaps a wide porch roof provided most of the exterior visual interest for the style.
If you have an American Foursquare home in need of roof repairs or roof replacement, there are some special characteristics of the roof style that can help determine the best roofing material. Here are a couple of those considerations you can discuss with your roofing contractors.
Large Surface Area Can Drive Up Budgets
The hipped roof and dormers on a Foursquare are designed to provide the maximum amount of living space in the upper areas of the home. But the combination of the wide hipped roof, the dormer or dormers with their own roofs, and the roofed porch all add up to a lot of surface area that needs to be covered with roofing materials. And the amount of roofing materials required can quickly drive up your project budget.
If budget is one of your primary concerns, you might want to stick with asphalt shingles, which are affordable but still durable enough for most roofing needs. The asphalt is lightweight, low maintenance, and easy to repair and replace when damage does occur. The shingles are available in a range of architecture-flattering colors and can be fabricated in different textures to resemble wood shingles or clay tiles.
Want a more classic roofing material and can afford more than asphalt but less than slate or clay tiles? Consider wood shingles, which pair well with the Foursquare style due to its reliance and featuring of wood elements both inside and out.
Tricky Corners Might Require Extra Waterproofing
Waterproofing is always a focus when a quality roofing contractor is working on your project. But a Foursquare home might require some extra waterproofing focus due to the number of tricky corners formed where the sides of the hipped roof come together and where the roof of the dormer or dormers meets up with the main roof. The corners require a roofing material or underlayment that can bend around those corners so there isn't a weak unprotected line where water could end up seeping into your home.
Metal roofing can help improve your Foursquare's waterproofing in one of two ways. You could opt to use metal roofing across your entire roof. The metal is available in a variety of colors, finishes, and textures and the long strips of standard metal roofing can further bring out the geometric lines of the Foursquare roof. Metal roofing is low maintenance and can help improve the energy efficiency of the upper levels of your home.
If you don't' like the look of an entirely metal roof, your roofing contractor, like Ryan Roofing, can use metal roof segments called flashing to bend around those tricky to waterproof corners. Your roofing material of choice can then be installed over the flashing.