The architecture along the coast of Maine is mesmerizing. Everywhere you drive, you will find beautiful historic homes filled with unique features from period hardware to detailed molding. Those wide-board hardwood floors creak just the right way, and the custom paint and period-correct shingles outside set the tone for historic charm. It’s critical that we take the necessary steps to maintain and restore these coastal treasures for those who live in them and for the historians who appreciate them.
Types of Homes in Maine
Maine offers a wide range of homes. It’s easy to spot a few towering Victorians with all their detail work along the coast. These are stately treasures with stories to tell. More common are American Colonial-style homes, those with more symmetry that maintain the same style used by the Colonials many years ago. Another home you’ll find is the Federal-style home. These are larger, two- or three-story squares or rectangles, with a stately elegance.
Historic Roofs Pose a Unique Challenge to Homeowners
The roofs on these homes are often challenging to maintain. In many cases, the roofing material is outdated, and code restrictions limit property owners’ replacement options. In other cases, the cost to redo the roof of a historic home can be out of reach or, also adding to the cost, the availability of materials may be limited. Other times, the materials used are just not efficient and need constant repair.
There’s a need for more modern alternatives. Newer products allow for the same style to be maintained, such as asphalt shingles that look like slate. In proper restoration methods, it is recommended that roofs be replaced with the same material – slate with slate. However, substitutes, such as asphalt shingles with two or more layers are allowable. These products offer the same textured appearance, but they last longer and offer more color options. It’s always important to ensure the integrity of the roof while also maintaining the character of the home’s time period.
Horch Roofing offers a wide range of solutions including historic-looking shingles that extend the life of the roof without limiting its character. Products from Owens Corning, CertainTeed, and GAF allow homeowners to achieve the look they desire while still protecting their home with a reliable roofing structure. We also have the technology to custom fabricate some roofing materials, such as blending copper, zinc, aluminum, and steel.
Horch Roofing has been roofing homes along the coast of Maine since 2003 from our offices in Warren and Westbrook. We install metal roofing, asphalt shingle roofing, EPDM rubber roofing, and seamless gutters for both residential and commercial roofing projects. Call us at (207) 273-1111 or contact us online today.