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3 MOST COMMON STYLES OF ROOFS

October 9, 2017

 

Roofing

The sole purpose of a roof is to protect the home from weather, shield it from winds, from snow etc. That is why it is important to take the design of the roof in special consideration in accordance to these factors. It is absolutely necessary to think about this so the least amount of maintenance is required down the road. Of course, appearance is also important, however, take into consideration how that type of roof will perform throughout the seasons. This is where maintenance can become a huge factor down the road. Specific roof designs are better suited for certain regions. A roof will perform poorly if its environmental conditions are not taken into consideration. That being said lets discuss some of the more common roof designs out there, what conditions they perform better in and other information about them.

 

Roofing

The sole purpose of a roof is to protect the home from weather, shield it from winds, from snow etc. That is why it is important to take the design of the roof in special consideration in accordance to these factors. It is absolutely necessary to think about this so the least amount of maintenance is required down the road. Of course, appearance is also important, however, take into consideration how that type of roof will perform throughout the seasons. This is where maintenance can become a huge factor down the road. Specific roof designs are better suited for certain regions. A roof will perform poorly if its environmental conditions are not taken into consideration. That being said lets discuss some of the more common roof designs out there, what conditions they perform better in and other information about them.

 

Gable:

The gable roof design is sometimes also referred to as the pitched or peaked roof, the gable style is one of the most popular roofs in the United States and easily recognized by their triangular or inverted v  shape, depending on how you look at them. The specialty of this design is that these can easily shed water and snow and allow for more ventilation in the home, they can be problematic in high winds however and hurricane areas. If you choose a home with this style of roofing, you would want to be extra careful about its integrity and make sure that the roof was constructed properly. The Gable roof is a simple design and can be built cheaper using lesser material and workmanship as compared to other complex ones, however, if the frames do not have enough support, the entire roof can collapse.  The Gable style comes in a few different variants such as the classic, crossed, front, Dutch, and gambrel.

 

Shed:

The Shed Roof is a boxlike style, sometimes also called a lean-to roof by constructors, and it is easily  identified by its single-slope in one direction, mostly in accordance with the sunshine or the wind. Shed roofs became popular in the 1970’s and 80’s used for residential houses, apartment complexes, vacation cottages in the country sides, schools and small office buildings. After the 1980’s interest in this style diminished due to the extensive upkeep of the wooden exteriors. 

 

Hip:

There are two ways to describe the hip roof style. 

1) Sloping upward from all sides of a structure with no vertical ends and

2) All sides sloping gently downwards to the walls. 

Both of these styles are basically saying the same thing. The most basic hip roof structure looks a pyramid-like shape on top of a house.  When other variations are included in the building plan, valleys start to take shape. Unlike the gable roof style, the hip roof tends to be more stable in hurricane regions, as long as there is a significant roof pitch that can cause the wind to stall and go over the roof to break up the effect.

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