Creole-style homes evoke the spirit of New Orleans, with its French-influenced architecture. The homes, which are found throughout the south, are best known for the roomy front porch and parallel upper balcony that cover the entire front of the house. The porch, balcony, and the roofline are highlighted with ornamental accents including iron railings and woodwork. The structure is topped off with a flat-style roof.

Do you own a Creole-style home and need a new roof? There are a few key roofing materials that are best – or worst—for this style of roof. Here are a few options to discuss with your roofing contractors.

Best: Metal Roofing

The flat-style roof isn't completely flat; there is enough of a slope to help rainwater off the roof and into the drainage system. But in areas that receive heavy amounts of rain, this slope might not be sufficient at getting the water off the roof quickly. Standing water, even for short periods of time, risks causing water damage to your roof and home.

Metal roofing is a great roofing material for flat roofs needing added water drainage. The metal roofing has a slick surface and valleys that help carry the water off the higher points of the roof and into the drainage system. Metal roofing is also a great insulator, which can help control your energy costs inside the home.

Best: Asphalt Shingles

If budget is a concern or you don't prefer metal roofing, asphalt shingles are another good material choice for helping with water drainage on your Creole home. The lightweight asphalt shingles are relatively flat when installed and can provide an easy off-ramp of sorts for the draining water.

Asphalt is also one of the most budget-friendly modern roofing materials. The shingles are durable and easy to repair should damage occur. While asphalt shingles are available in a variety of colors, keep in mind that no one is going to be able to see your roofing material from the ground. So you don't need to splurge on expensive color combinations or textures in the shingles.

Worst: Wood Shingles or Shakes

Wood shingles or shakes are beautiful roofing materials for a variety of roof styles, but don't work the best on a flat-style roof. The shingles and shakes have a naturally thick texture and are laid in an overlapping pattern that creates small gaps between the roofing material. Those gaps provide the perfect areas for rainwater to become trapped and cause damage to your roof.

For more information, contact a business like Roof-Rite Roofing, Inc.