Ready to choose the right roof for your cabin in the beautiful North Georgia mountains? You have plenty of roof styles to choose from, but not all will weather mountain conditions in the same way.
Below we have listed several roof material and style options. Choose what fits your needs and personal style best.
Asphalt shingle roofs
Traditional asphalt shingles can work for your Georgia cabin, too! They are one of the most affordable roof styles, and are neutral enough to make rich cabin wood stand out even more. Asphalt shingles are commonly used in basic gable rooftops, one of the safest choices for cabin roofs. Cabin roofs typically have a steeper slope than other types of residential houses, around 12 by 12, to help encourage leaves and precipitation to easily slide off. Shingles have no problem meeting these requirements.
However, you should be aware that the mountain climate is particularly harsh to shingles. With temperatures reaching over 80 degrees in the summer and regularly dropping below freezing in the winter, the Georgia mountains will quickly wear away your shingles, dulling their colors and requiring eventual repairs.
Barn tin roofs
Barn tin rooftops can give cabins a very traditional look and, like shingles, they are one of the least expensive options. However, unless incorporated very carefully into the cabin design they tend to look cheap and offer very little protection against the cold or the elements. If you like the barn tin appearance of a vintage cottage, ask about alternatives that mimic the appearance of barn tin but offer better protection.
Standing seam metal roofs
Standing seam metal rooftops are one of the most popular choices for cabin roof styles, and can fit a broad number of roof styles. These metal panels run from the top to the bottom of the roof, separated by distinctive ridges. Not only do they offer a high degree of protection and can be galvanized, but they are also available in a number of different shades.
Because these seam metal rooftops have a modern look to them, they are particularly well-suited to more modern roof styles, such a single-pane, slanted roof or a saltbox rooftop with one edge much lower than the other.
Cedar shake roofs
A cedar shake roof will match your cabin wood and surrounding environment beautifully, but you will have to accept their shortcomings in return. This type of roof may be more expensive to install than other options, and the extremes of the seasons in the Georgia mountains will decay them quickly, which could lead to moisture problems.
A final word
After picking your cabin roof, remember to ask Findlay about insulation, too. Proper insulation and moisture barriers are vital to protecting the cabin during the parts of the year you are not up enjoying the beautiful mountain landscape.