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remodeling to acommodate an elderly loved one

When I invited my mother to come and live with my family, we had to make some changes to accommodate her. The changes that needed to be made were all within reason and were all required so that she could get around with her walker and eventually a wheelchair if need be. I hired a remodeling contractor to assist us with making the changes. I learned a lot while discussing what needed to be done and what it would take to get it complete. I created this blog with the hopes of helping other families that are considering making the same changes in their homes.

Best And Worst Roofing Materials For A Spanish Colonial Bungalow

Spanish colonial bungalows combine a simple, rectangular layout with both Spanish and old world Greek and Roman aspects. The eclectic homes can feature arched windows with awnings held up with wrought-iron props, an elaborately carved wooden front door, and clean stucco siding. The home is topped off with a flattened version of the traditional gable roof.

If your Spanish colonial bungalow needs a new roof, there are a few materials that work best or worst on this house and roof type. Discuss your options in further detail with your roofing contractors.

Best: Clay Tile

Clay tile serves as the traditional roofing material for nearly any architectural style that has Spain as an influence. The material, which is often used in Spain, has a warm terracotta color that perfectly balances the sometimes-stark white stucco siding. The texture of the tiles is amplified by the installation method and can add an almost wavy appearance to the otherwise simple flattened roof style.

Clay tiles have a durable, long-lasting nature that requires little upkeep on your part. The material does come with a higher price tag than many other roofing materials, but you could consider the cost worth the benefits. And the flattened gable roof requires fewer roofing materials than many larger, wider roof styles, which can also help keep your overall project costs lower.

Best: Wood Shakes

Don't feel trapped in by the fact that clay tiles are a traditional roofing material for this house style. Wood shakes can offer similar visual benefits with a lower cost.

Shakes come cut from cedar trees, and the fabricators leave the shakes in a fairly natural, textured condition that can add dimension to your roof in a similar manner as the clay tiles. You can purchase the shakes in a variety of stain colors that can include red tones similar to the clay. Regardless of the stain color, the wood will provide a great visual contrast to the stucco siding.

Worst: Asphalt Shingles

If you have a tight budget, asphalt shingles can work fine on a Spanish colonial bungalow. But only go this route if you can't afford wood shakes, which provide a much better visual match.

The asphalt shingles can make the flattened gable roof look even flatter and make your house look squat. Asphalt shingles do come in a variety of colors but none that match the natural beauty of clay tile or stained cedar wood shakes. 

For more information, contact Crown Remodeling LLC or a similar company.