Professional roofing services categorize home roofs into two main types: flat roofs and sloped or pitched roofs. Flat roofing systems are more commonly installed on commercial buildings, but their ease of use and low maintenance has made them a popular choice in home applications lately as well. Pitched or sloped roofs are visually more attractive and give your home aesthetically pleasing looks. Besides, sloped roofs are multi-functional too. They do not allow snow or water to gather on top of the roof, which could otherwise damage the roof surface and/or cause leaking issues. Apparently, pitched or sloped roofs are a better choice for residential properties.
There are many different types of sloped or pitched roofs. Choosing the pitch is an important factor to consider for selecting the best roofing system for your home. This will have a significant effect on how your home will look after the roof installation. Besides, the roof incline will also decide how the elements slide off your roof without seeping into the seams. Therefore, you should choose a pitched roof that offers the perfect blend of aesthetic appeal and functionality. Below is a quick guide to the main types of sloped roofs to help you make your decision.
Gable roofing is one of the most popular styles in sloped roofs. You can easily recognize them by their symmetrical roofing panels, which join at the top at an angle forming a ridge. The roof panels are usually rectangular in gable roofing and it is typically seen in areas that have cold or temperate climates all around the year. Overall, gable roofs give your house a balanced look and feel.
Gable roofs can be built using different types of roofing materials. They are an industry standard for homes in the US. Professional roofing services make sure to avoid 45-degree angles when installing gable roofs to keep up with the industry norms and standards. This means that your house should have shorter outer walls to install a gable roof.
Saltbox roofing can be termed as an asymmetrical style of gable roofs. Here, one of the roof panels will be sloping down to the first floor of the building whereas the other will be sloping to the usual roof height on the second floor. For single-story homes, this means that one of the roof panels will be longer than the other. This gives your house a unique and distinct personality.
Saltbox roofs are usually installed in independent houses. They are a relatively new entrant in sloped roofing, but they have made their mark in the industry by providing greater architectural integrity. These can also be built with any of the popular roofing materials, just like gable roofs.
Gambrel roofing is a traditional roof type. It was known as “Dutch roofs” in the 18th Century, indicating its origins from the Netherlands. Gambrel roofing features two symmetrical roof panels on both sides, but they are not aligned directly as that seen in gable or saltbox roofing. Instead, the side panels will have a second slope that meets at the top.
Gambrel roofs have a shallow and wider upper slope angle and a steeper lower slope angle. This gives your house a distinct traditional look. The most amazing thing about Gambrel roofing is that it will enhance the space in the upper area of your home. However, this type of sloped roof is more suited for two-storied homes.
Mansard roofing has four sloping sides, each of which becomes steeper halfway down. It is somewhat similar to the Gambrel roofing system, but features slopes on all the sides. This means that the upper levels of the house will only be visible from a distance and not when you are up close. This type of sloped roof is also more suited to two-story buildings.
Mansard roofs have French origins; mansardé means “attic room” in French. Understandably, this type of sloped roof will also help to increase the space in the upper areas of your home. However, it is not that aesthetically appealing when compared to gable roofs or saltbox roofs. Still, mansard roofs are very famous in European countries and some parts of the US.
Pyramid roofing features four equally sized roof panels angled to meet at the top directly. These are more suited for small buildings, like garages, storages, and huts. However, they are also used in individual homes these days. You can find pyramid roofs in most houses that feature modern architecture. This is because this type of sloped roof is easy to build and offer a balanced look and feel to your home.
Pyramid roofs generally have a low incline on all sides in comparison to other types of sloped roofs. Still, they can offer the best results in terms of functionality and usage. Besides, pyramid roofs are also known to make the building more energy-efficient.
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