Spanish eclectic homes are small, mission-inspired structures with stucco walls, scallop-shaped windows, and a number of decorative accents. The roof on a Spanish eclectic home is typically a low-pitched variant on the traditional gable roof. The distinct style of the home and the shape of the roof join together to help decide the best and worst roofing materials for a Spanish Eclectic home.

Here are a few of the best and worst roofing materials for a Spanish Eclectic home roof installation.

Best: Clay Tiles

Clay tiles are almost stereotypically associated with Spanish Eclectic architecture. The vivid colors of the clay perfectly offset the often white stucco walls. The textured shapes of the clay tile shingles add dimension to the low-pitch roof and can make the house seem larger than it is.

Clay is a durable, long-lasting roofing material that requires virtually no maintenance. The durability and longevity do come with a higher price tag, which is something to keep in mind if you are on a tight budget. Clay has to be handled carefully during installation to avoid breaking the materials, so it is important to hire a knowledgeable contractor in your area.

You will also want to make sure to hire professionals to perform gutter work or chimney repairs later down the line. Walking on clay tile the wrong way can also damage the tile, and you don’t want to accidentally ruin your roof.

Best: Slate Tiles

Clay tiles are commonly associated with Spanish Eclectic, but that doesn’t mean you are bound to that style choice. Slate tiles are another attractive option for this housing style if you want a look that is a bit more subdued than the clay tiles.

Slate tiles are also durable, long lasting, and require a knowledgeable roofing contractor to avoid causing damage during installation. Slate tiles are available in the more muted natural tones of the stone but can be installed in brick patterns such as herringbone that can help add more visual texture to your low-pitched roof.

Worst: Metal

Metal roofing is often used on low-pitched roofs that have problems with drainage. But that is in circumstances where the roof has such a low pitch that it is essentially flat. The Spanish Eclectic home has more of a gable shaped roof, but the sides are just much less steep than the traditional gable.

Metal roofing would look rather stark and dull on a Spanish Eclectic home, particularly if your stucco is white. And the material, which isn’t particularly cheap, would provide no real benefit to the roof shape in terms of function.

For more help, contact a company like CJ Scotti Services.