Commonly recognized by their triangular shape, gable, pitched or peaked roofs are one of the most popular style of roofs in the U.S. Water and snow easily drain off the roof due to the steepness of this style of roof. They also provide more space for the attic or vaulted ceilings, and allow for more ventilation. This type of roof is easier and cheaper to build due to the simple design. The down side to this style is they are problematic in areas that experience high winds and hurricanes, which we thankfully don't have to worry too much about in Missouri.
2. Hip Roof.
A hip roof features slopes on all four sides, with each side being equal in length. The sides come together at the top to form a ridge. This type of roof is more stable, sturdy and durable than a gable roof due to the inward slope of each side. The down side to hip roofs is that they are more expensive to build than gable roofs. If not properly installed, the additional seams when a dormer is added can make it easier for water leaks to form.
Also known as a French roof, a mansard roof is a four-sided roof with a double slope on each side. The lower slope is much steeper than the upper one, and the sides can either be flat or curved depending on the style. While these types of roofs can help create a great deal of extra living space, this type of roof is not ideal for areas with heavy snowfall because of the low pitch. They also cost more than other types of roofs due to the embellishments and details that go into them. The added space and character can easily make up for that cost though.
4. Gambrel Roof.
A gambrel or barn roof is similar to a mansard roof, but it only has two sides instead of four. The lower side of the gambrel roof has an almost vertical, steep slope, while the upper slope is much lower. This type of roof is commonly seen on top of barns, farm houses and log cabins, as well as some Dutch Colonial and Georgian style homes. Like the mansard, the gambrel roof offers extra living space. This style is also simple to frame out, using just two roof beams, and therefore, keeps the cost down. The gambrel roof is not recommended for areas with heavy wind or significant snowfall. The open design can cause the roof to collapse under extreme pressure.
These are just a few of the different types of roofs you can have on your home. Stay tuned next week to learn about several other types. If you're in the process of building a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, trust Above & Beyond Roofing for all your roofing needs! We offer free roof estimates at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call at 573-302-0354.
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