Regency homes have a simple shape, minimal ornamentation, and modest brick siding and yet the homes still ooze architectural charm. The symmetrical lines of the multiple windows across the wide front of the home are accented with shutters. There's one small octagonal window over the door for a tiny flourish. But otherwise the focus is on the windows, the siding, and the low, hipped-style roof.

The shape of the hipped roof and the style of the home can help you make a material decision if you're on the market for new roofing. There are a couple of style-specific aspects to keep in mind while discussing your options with a residential roof repair contractor.

Large Surface Area Equals Large Costs

A hipped roof like the one on a Regency home has four low-sloped sides that rise upwards to meet at a shallow peak or ridge. The roof overall has a fairly large surface area and, due to the simplicity of the home's shape, much of the front side of the hipped roof is visible from the street.

The large surface area means that the roof will require a lot of roofing materials to cover the surface. This means the project costs can start to add up quickly even if you go with a more affordable roofing material. Due to the high visibility of the roof, you will want to try to balance your budgetary needs and the attractiveness of the chosen material.

Asphalt shingles are a good choice for those on a tight budget. The shingles are available in a range of colors and can be textured to resemble the thickness of wood shakes or shingles. And asphalt is one of the more low cost roofing materials available.

Mimic the Brick or Contrast the Brick

The brick siding on a Regency home is such a focal point that you might want to keep the brick and its color and patterns in mind when choosing a roofing material. A similar roofing pattern in a more subdued color will keep most of the focus on the brick. A contrasting roof will split the attention between the brick and the roof, which might be preferable if your brick is in need of some remodeling.

Slate tiles can be installed in patterns similar to brick and the cool-toned stone looks mellow enough not to detract away from the appearance of the brick. The material is durable long-lasting, low-maintenance, but also one of the most expensive roofing materials around.

Wood shakes or shingles could provide a nice contrast to the brick with their textured appearance. You can purchase the wood in a stain color that compliments the brick so that the roof and brick aren't competing with each other too much.