Dutch gable roofs combine two versatile roofing types, the gable and the hip, for maximum results. Popular on Colonial Revival homes, the Dutch gable has the appearance of one smaller roof section sitting atop of a larger lower section. The smaller section is the gabled roof with two sloping sides that meet at a steep point. Below the gable is a hipped roof with four longer sides that slope upwards to meet the gable.
The Dutch gable roof's design brings forth some special considerations when choosing new roofing materials with your roofing contractor. Here are some of the best and worst materials you could use on a roof of this style.
Best: Standing Seam Metal
Sharp angles and valleys make a roof more prone to water leaks. A Dutch gable roof has sharp angles at the sides where the hips connect and valleys where the gable and hip come together. Metal roofing can help ensure the roof funnels off water efficiently with little danger of the water seeping in at those weak spots.
Standing seam metal is particularly effective at sealing sharp corners. The roofing material comes in long sheets that are snapped together on the parallel so that the connect points form a tall seam. The seams and gullies between help funnel water and seal corners.
Best: Wood Shakes
Wood shakes are essentially cedar shingles that are laid in an alternating pattern, which allows water to easily run between the shingles and down towards your gutter. The shakes are available in natural colors and stains and have a textured, varying appearance that will give your Dutch gable roof a more defined appearance.
Wood shakes are a bit high maintenance due to potential weather damage from the wood contracting and expanding during freeze-thaw cycles. Insect damage is also a potential hazard. If you want a lower maintenance attractive option, you can always go with slate tiles, but slate comes with a much higher price tag than wood. Price can prove a major consideration with a Dutch gable roof due to the large visible surface area.
Worst: Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are affordable and can be crafted to resemble more expensive materials. The asphalt is durable, low maintenance and lightweight. That last factor is why asphalt shingles aren't a great choice for a Dutch gable roof.
The numerous sloping angles on a Dutch gable can make the roof particularly vulnerable to high winds. Those high winds can catch under the asphalt shingles and tear those shingles off the roof. Only consider asphalt shingles if your home has some natural windbreaks, such as close neighbors or tall trees. To learn more, speak with a roofing company like Surface Shield Protective Coatings.