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Roof Styles – Understanding the Different Styles of Roofs

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Over the years, roof styles have definitely changed. New inventions have been created, old roof styles have been updated, and some old roof styles are still being used today. There are a lot of roof styles to choose from and which style you decide on will have to do with your budget and taste. We will take a look at the different roof styles in this guide. For a better understanding of the styles available for you to choose from, continue reading this guide.

Roof Styles – Understanding the Different Styles of Roofs

Flat Roof

The first of the roof styles we will take a look at is the flat roof. This style of roof is popular with commercial buildings. Many businesses go with this style of roof because they are simple and have hardly any pitch to them.

Gable Roof

The gable roof looks kind of like and upside down “V”. This is one of the simplest styles out of all the roof styles available. However, if you live in an area that often sees high winds, this may be a style you want to avoid because it will easily catch the wind.

Winged Gable Roof

This roof is about the same as the gable roof except that it is extended outwards from the roof’s peak. This type of roof is not ideal for areas that see high winds as well.

Hip Roof

Hip roofs are often seen on residential homes. The hip roofs are a bit tougher to build compared to gable roofs and flat roofs. That’s really due to the fact that the truss and rafter structure are more complicated. It has four sides that slopes with no roof walls. They can be both rectangle and square.

Dutch Hip Roof

The dutch hip roof is about the same as the hip roof except is has a gable at the end. The gables are often used for ventilation purposes.

A Frame Roof

This type of roof is very popular among many including homes, churches and cottages. The roof is in the shape of an “A” which acts as roof and wall.

Shed Roof

The shed roof is similar to the flat roof. This roof is flat, but unlike the flat roof, this roof has a bit of a pitch to it. This type of roof is normally used when someone builds onto a home. If you are building an additional room to a home that is already built, this would be the best style of roof to use.

Mansard Roof

This roof style has a French design to it. They are very pretty if you are going for that type of look, but they are so much more difficult to construct.

Folded Plate Roof

This style of roofs is used in single-family homes. If you have seen a series of single-family homes, you’ve probably seen this style. It looks like a bunch of gable roofs. They are all placed beside each other. These roofs are easy to construct.

Gambrel Roof

This is the roof style that is often used on barns. Sometimes you will see this style on a residential home, but hardly ever. If you are looking for extra space in the attic, this would be a roof style to consider.

As you can see, there are quite a few roof styles to choose from. Choosing  which style to go with will depend on what you are building, the style you are building, your budget and what you like. Some styles will benefit you more than other styles such as the gambrel roof. If you wanted more space in the attic to turn into a study or an extra room, you could go with that type of roof and you would have plenty of space for another room.

Before you make any decisions on your roof, you really need to consult with a roofing contractor. They can sit down with you and discuss all of your options and what would better suit you and what you want. If you are in Novi, Michigan, or surrounding areas, contact Twelve Oaks Roofing. They are a great team of roofers who know what they are doing when it comes to your roof. They have been in business for well over 20 years and have a reputation to back their work.


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