Roof Types

Is a flat, gable or mansard roof right for your home?

When designing, building, or remodeling a home, there are many aspects to consider when choosing such elements as doors, windows, and other finishing touches. However, when it comes to choosing a specific roofing style, many people are unaware that there are so many different roof types available. While it's true that roofing companies may be able to provide plenty of information on building or repairing roofs, they don't necessarily have a lot of knowledge on the many different types of roofing available.

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When choosing a style of roof, it's important to consider several factors. Not only should you consider the style of your home and the aesthetic appeal a certain roof type may provide, but you should also research the materials used and how well they stand up to different environmental factors. Climate patterns are constantly changing, and everything from moisture to heat to wind can impact the durability and life of your roof. There is also a level of significance in considering ease of installation, as well as installation and repair costs. With environmental concerns rising, energy efficiency is also something to research.

Types of roofs

One of the most popular styles of roof is the gable roof. The gable roof consists of two surfaces of equal size, which peak at the same angle back to back. This style of roof forms a triangular shape, and is not only simply built, but also very affordable. It's also ideal for ventilation and for providing additional ceiling space. While the gable roof's design allows it to effectively shed water, it is likely to take damage in high winds. The hip roof, however, is ideal for high wind areas. Hip roofs are very common, and are excellent in high wind climates due to the fantastic internal bracing, which makes them less likely to peel from the house like a gable roof. Hip roofs also provide excellent protection against harsh sun and rains. A disadvantage to the hip roof type is that maintenance is more difficult due to limited access, as well as offering less potential storage space.

Flat roofs and mansard roofs are similar in the sense that they are both flat on top; however, the flat roof has only a very slight slope, which can cause major problems due to pooling water, making them a bad choice for areas with high rain and snow. Nonetheless, flat roofs require very little material, and are very economical as a result. A mansard roof is a fantastic choice if you're looking for a good amount of attic space, and can often be used as an entirely different story on a house.

These are just a few types of roofs available, and with the right research, you can find the perfect fit for your home.