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Match Your Baton Rouge Roof To Your Home’s Architectural Style

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 @ 03:07 PM

ceramic tile.jpegThere are a number of factors that go into deciding on which type of roof you put on your house. Cost, durability, environment, and neighborhood restrictions all play a role in what type of roof. But, there is one factor that is often overlooked. Will the roof match the home? Different roofs simply look better with different types of homes. So, before you give the go ahead on a new roof, you may want to match your Baton Rouge roof to your home’s architectural style.

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Metal shingles

Metal shingles are quite versatile when it comes to the styles of home where they look good. You can use metal shingles on a contemporary, modern, Italianate, colonial, or Dutch colonial style home. The look of the metal shingle meshes well with a newer or more traditional style. What you’re looking for more than anything is when the walls of the home are painted wood, brick, or siding.


Considered more of a classical look, a slate roof goes best with architectural styles that bring the past back to life. Federal colonial, French provincial, neoclassical, prairie, or tudor are the styles that generally fit best with a slate roof.

Cedar shingles

If your home calls for a more rustic look, cedar shakes and shingles are probably the best fit. If you have a cottage, farmhouse, French provincial, craftsman, or a log home, you will find that the cedar shingles just naturally look right with these styles of architecture.

Ceramic tile

Usually associated with more Mediterranean homes, ceramic tiles are a great fit in South Louisiana because of our climate. Specifically, you’ll most frequently find ceramic tiles on a Spanish, Mediterranean, Italianate, or maybe even an Oriental style home.


Asphalt shingles are kind of the catch all for roofs. There really isn’t an architectural style where shingles don’t fit. But, there are a few where anything else would seem forced. Ranch, Greek revival, Georgian, and Cape Cod homes are a few of the styles that work best for shingles.

The largest factor of all when choosing a new roof is personal preference. If your style suggests matching a type of roof to an architectural style of home where you normally wouldn’t see it, we can work with you. If you have any questions about matching a style with a type of roof, or about whether certain types of roofs are a good fit for your home, please give our team at Cribbs a call, and we’ll be happy to help you find the roof that is best for you.

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