Many of today's log cabin homes are either fitted with simple metal roofs or wooden shake shingles. However, these are not your only roofing choices. If you want to design a cabin home that really stands out from the crowd, consider implementing one of these more unique roofing ideas:
Plant a "Green" Roof
Green roofs are not just roofs that are green in color. Rather, they are roofs upon which plants are planted. The plants serve several functions – they provide an extra layer of insulation (which is always needed in a cabin home), and they also release oxygen into the air, promoting a healthier environment.
A green roof would look right at home on your cabin, thanks to its rustic, natural appeal. Contrary to popular belief, you can plant a green roof on a slope. Typically, the roof consists of a roofing membrane, which is topped with a few inches of growing material, into which the plants are rooted. Plants that have low water needs, such as sedums, are typically used. This way, you don't have to worry about watering your green roof except in periods of extreme drought.
If you don't have the money or desire to convert to a completely green roof, you can still add a unique touch to your cabin roof with a few specialized roof planter boxes. They'll add some insulation and environmental benefits, but with less hassle.
Have a Thatched Roof Applied
Thatched roofs are becoming quite rare, so if you have this type of roof installed on your cabin, you'll truly be the talk of the town. Thatched roofs are made from straw or water reeds, which are packed tightly and anchored to the roof with a series of mesh wires and steel support beams. Contrary to popular belief, they are not prone to leaks, and the reeds rarely blow off in the wind.
A thatched roof provides excellent insulation, which is good news if your cabin is in a chilly climate. You will need to have the roof maintained every 10 -15 years. Though there are often concerns about fires with thatched roofs, the actual risk of fire with a thatched roof is quite low, as long as you implement safe fire practices and keep your electrical system in good repair.
Don't settle for the simplest or cheapest cabin roofing option. Choose a green or thatched roof, and give your cabin a look of its own. For more information, contact a local roofing company (such as Empire Roofing).