Best And Worst Roofing Materials For A Foursquare Bungalow

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Foursquare bungalows refer to a general architectural style that has a squared shape, two stories, and a roofed porch but beyond those basic elements, homes in this style can vary greatly in details and ornamentation. Perhaps the most notable visible similarity can be found on the main house roof, which has a rectangular hipped shape with four sides that gently slope up to a modest peak.

If you own a foursquare bungalow that needs a new roof, there are a few key materials that work particularly well – or don't work well at all – on this house type and roof shape. Here are a few options to discuss with your roofing contractors.

Best: Asphalt Roofing

The large rectangular shape of a hipped roof means the roof has a lot of surface area that needs covered with the new roofing material. The material needs grow even larger if you plan to put a new roof on the porch and if your foursquare has any dormers that also need new roofing material. This need for so much roofing material can drive your project costs up quickly and steeply.

Asphalt roofing can help you keep your budget under control without sacrificing either quality or appearance. The lightweight composite shingles come in several different colors, textures, and thicknesses that can make the asphalt closely resemble other types of roofing materials such as wood shingles.

The asphalt will work well on the hipped roof and the flatter porch roof, since the smoother versions of the shingles can help drain water off the flat roof and into the gutter system.

Best: Wood Roofing

Prefer the look of wood roofing over asphalt? You can choose between the thicker, natural cut shakes or the pressed, smoother shingles for your hipped roof. Either option will add texture and further bring out the geometry of both the roof and the foursquare house.

Note that you shouldn't use wood roofing on the flat porch roof, since the textured installation style will actually trap water between the shingles rather than helping it drain off the roof. You want to keep the wood roofing on areas of the roof that already have a natural slope.

Worst: Slate or Clay Tiles  

Gable roofs lack enough bracing to support heavier materials like slate or clay. A hipped roof has enough bracing and might have you leaning towards one of these elegant, durable roofing materials. But both slate and clay tile come with high prices that will seem even higher with your material needs. And neither material particularly suits the homespun nature of the foursquare bungalow.


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