3 Considerations When Choosing Roofing Materials For A Turret

A roof turret gives homes a castle vibe even when the home itself is modern in style. The turret also provides extra living space and natural light into the adjacent room or rooms. When a turret is flush with the rest of the roof, the same roofing material is often used throughout. But when a turret sticks up higher or apart from the rest of the roof, you have more leeway with choosing roofing materials from your roofing contractor. But there are some turret design considerations to keep in mind while choosing the material with your roof services company.

Unusual Cuts Required

Turrets are usually geometric in shape with either a round or rectangular base supporting the turret roof. The turret roofs are all rather pointed in shape but also tend to mimic either the round corners or sharp edges of the base. All of these aspects make for a rather unusually shaped roof.

Pre-cut shingles are made to fit standard roofs though also easy to cut to make adjustments here and there. On a turret, most of the roofing material might need to be cut in order to fit the shingles on in an attractive pattern.

When considering roofing materials, keep in mind that the material will need to be cut. Asphalt shingles, metal roofing, and slate tiles are all capable of being tailored to the size and nature of a turret roof.

On the good side, this can cut down on your supply costs because one shingle could be used to make two smaller shingles. On the downside, you might end up losing a lot of the roofing material to scrap if the shapes don't fit easily together.

Sharp Angles Equal Waterproofing Concern

Rectangular, squared, or octagonal turrets will have a roof with sides that connect at sharp angles. In roofing, sharp angles are one of the toughest elements to protect from potential water damage.

If your turret sticks high above your other roof, this might not be an issue since gravity should take care of the runoff. But a turret that is level with the house roof can end up collecting the house roof runoff, as well.

Metal roofing is one of the best at waterproofing tight corners. That's because the roofing can essentially act as flashing and bend around the corner completely rather than having two pieces on each side that meet in the middle.

Potential for Wind Damage

An elevated turret can be subjected to high winds coming from all directions since it can't use the house roof as a windbreak. Lighter roofing materials like asphalt might be in danger of becoming loose or removed if high or frequent winds occur.

A heavier material like slate or a tighter-fitting material like metal might be a better option if you live in an area that experiences frequent windstorms. Contact a business, such as Russ Lundin Roofing, for more information on turrets. 


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