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Common Roof Types for Residential Properties
If you know which material is the best for you, you also need to know at least something about roof shapes. You probably think that a roof shape is not so important right? Well, it is exactly the opposite. It is extremely important, and we are going to explain why. The shape of your roof, just like the material, should depend on the climate you live in. Luckily, today there are many types of roof shapes. Different shapes work differently with different climates. A wrong shape could cause a major leak, especially if it were incorrectly installed. Also, a shape will determine the style of your property. A lot of our clients ask about roof forms, so we decided to create this article which will explain some of the most used roof shapes.
A gable roof is one of the most traditional roofing forms in the United States. Combine that with asphalt, and you have American roof. It is incredibly easy to build, and it is very durable. It sheds off water quickly, so you will not have to be afraid of leaks. However, avoid gable roofs if you live somewhere where hurricane season is a regular thing. There are two versions of this roof: crossed gable and side gable. Both are great.
A shape of a letter V profoundly reminds us on butterflies. That is why this roof is called a butterfly roof. It is built combining two big pieces that are angled towards the outside. A midsection is an area where the wings meet and for a V shape. This roof shape is eco-friendly, and it is mostly used on modern architectural properties. It is great because it allows natural light to enter the house. Also, it will probably save you some money because a butterfly roof will cause lower heating bills. The starting expense, however, is high and our recommendation is not to install this unless you will be staying longer than four years.
A mansard roof or the French roof is a special kind of roof that has four sides. It is typical for France. It has a big double slope and a low pitch. Sides of the mansard can be either flat or curved it depends on your personal taste. A great thing about mansard is that it creates and additional space in your house so you can have the attic or a garret. It does not react well to a lot of snow so avoid it if you live in a snowy area.
A salt box roof or a bonnet roof is a special weird kind of roof. It is asymmetrical. One side is more sloping flat than the other. This shape was created because roofers wanted to make additional room for homeowners. It sheds off water pretty easily, and it is great for areas with high-speed winds. However, because of an excellent and modern design, these roofs are expensive.
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