Greek Revival homes were a style popular in the mid-to-late 1800s and are now often called plantation homes. The front of the home boasts large ornate columns and additional ornamentation meant to direct attention to the entry and porch of the home. The roof on this home style has less visual interest since the gabled or hipped roof is so low in slope that it often isn't visible from the ground.

If you are looking for a new roofing material on a Greek Revival home in need of roof repair, here are a few considerations to keep in mind when talking with your roofing contractors. The best and worst materials are determined by architectural specifics as well as a variety of budgets.

Best: Metal Roofing

One of the primary concerns with low-slope roofs is waterproofing and ensuring that falling rainwater or melting snow can get off the roof and into your gutter system. Standing water can damage your roofing material, eat through the roof, and start to cause water damage to the interior of your home.

Standing seam metal roofing is one of the best solutions to waterproofing worries due to how the strips of metal are installed. Each strip of metal roofing is snapped against its neighbor so that the connections form vertical walls while the interior segments create dipped valleys. Those walled valleys provide an exit path for falling rainwater or snow to get off your roof and into the gutter.

While metal roofing can be dyed to match your home, you still might not love the idea of using a common industrial material for the roof of your home. But keep in mind that the roof isn't visible from the ground, anyway, so using a more ornate material could be a waste.

Best: Asphalt Roofing

Want to focus on waterproofing but metal roofing is a bit out of your budget for a project that includes a roof with a very large surface area? Ask your roofing contractor for more information on asphalt roofing.

Asphalt shingles are affordable, fairly durable, and light in weight. The smooth surface and installation style of the shingles can help carry off water and melting snow into your gutters. The waterproofing might not be as great as metal roofing, but you can likely achieve sufficient waterproofing with this material.  

Note that while asphalt often isn't recommended for traditional gabled roofs due to the steeper slopes attracting wind that can lift the light material, this doesn't hold true with the low-sloped gable version on the Greek Revival home.

Worst: Wood Shingles

Wood shingles were often put on Greek Revival homes at the time of building, but that was because it was one of the only building materials available -- not because the material is well suited for this style of roof.

Remember that the roof has waterproofing concerns. Even treated wood doesn't do well when frequently submerged in standing water. And the textured, staggered wood shingles don't offer much help in carrying water off of a low-slope roof.