Log cabins are unique home properties because they offer a platform for full personalization. As a cabin owner, you can customize it from the inside out, from size and location, to furniture, décor, landscaping and more. But the most critical part of building your log cabin is not decorating it, but rather, choosing the right base materials, such as the foundation, plumbing, electric, and of course, the roof. Having all of these factors aligned perfectly with one another will support a long-lasting, high-performing, and visually-appealing retreat.
One area to really focus on is the roofing system of your log cabin. It is, after all, a component that is most depended on, day in and day out. As a person looking to build a new log cabin, be sure you pay close attention to the choices you make for roofing. Continue reading to learn some helpful roof building tips for log cabins.
There are two primary roof types used to build log cabins. The first type is called a pitched roof, which refers to a roof that has one or more surfaces with a slope of greater than 10% (also known as slop, which is defined by the number of inches of vertical rise in a roof per 12-inches of horizontal distance.). See our article, “A Fundamental Explanation of Roof Pitches” for a detailed explanation of these terms and more.
The second roof type is called a flat roof system. Flat roofs are roofs that have slight roof pitches between 1/4″ to 1/2″ per foot, and slopes less than 10 degrees. Although there are more than a handful to choose from, the 4 primary kinds include built-up roofing, modified bitumen, rubber roofing, and single-ply membranes (PVC, TPO, etc.). See our blog, “FAQS about Flat Roof Systems” to learn more.
Although two primary roof types are used to construct the roofing system of a log cabin, there are various materials to choose from. The most common materials used for log cabin roofs include metal sheeting, wood shake, EPDM rubber roofing, felt shingles, and even eco-friendly “green” sod or turf roofing. The type you choose will largely depend on personal preference and budget, but other factors will need to be considered as well, such as local average climate and precipitation, roof type, location, and more. See our blog, “Common Roofing Systems for Residential and Commercial Properties” to learn more about the various roofing system options available to you.
The cost to install a roofing system on your log cabin will differ depending on the company you choose to provide the work. Keep in mind that sloped or pitched roofs are generally more expensive than flat roofs, making flat roofs the more affordable option. Flat roofs are also easier and quicker to install, and require a lower level of maintenance. Repairs are often cheaper too. On the other hand, sloped roofs are generally better-looking, and provide better water runoff and drainage. The choice is yours, but trust the recommendation of your licensed Indiana roofing contractor for the best results.
Indiana Roofing Contractors to Trust
Call RMG Roofing at 317-506-1358 for professional log cabin roof installation and repair in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are veterans in the home and building construction industry, and provide a wide range of residential and commercial roofing, siding, and gutter services, including repairs, new construction, replacements, inspections, and more. Count on our team for unparalleled workmanship and sincere customer support! Request a free estimate, today.