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Old 06-28-2016, 07:38 AM   #1
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Various Types of Roofs for your Home

When it comes to designing and building your own home, there are some major things to consider such as the type of material, shape of the house, type of roof and all sorts of other details.

A well planned roof shape plays a key role in the maintenance of the building envelope, which in turn will contribute to a home’s livability and resale value.

There are many different types of roofs you will see when you start paying more attention to the roofing. While selecting the shape of roof, keep in mind that the climate and environment of the place where you’re building and the availability of building materials. You can visit different companies providing roofers in Austin for any help regarding selecting the right roof for your house.

Here are some popular types of roofs for your home:

1. Pyramid Roof: As the name suggests, it is the roof in the shape of a pyramid. It is a type of hip roof where there are no vertical sides or gables. These roofs are mainly used for smaller buildings. But, the cost of a pyramid roof is a bit high due to the complexity of the design.
2. Mansard Roof: The mansard roof is a French design and made up of four slopes, two on each side of the house. The lower slope of this roof is much steeper than the upper slope. People who want to create extra living or storage space at the top of the house prefer this roof.
3. Gambrel Roof: A gambrel is a Dutch-inspired roof which is very similar to the mansard roof. There are many similarities between a mansard roof and a gambrel roof but the major difference between them is that the gambrel has vertical gable ends and the roof hangs over the façade of the home whereas the mandrel roof does not. This roof is most common in barns.
4. Gable Roof: A gable roof is one of the most common roofs in the U.S. It is also known as pitched or peaked roof. These roofs can easily shed water and snow because of their triangular design. These roofs are easy to build and are lesser in cost as compared to more complex designed roofs.
5. Saltbox Roof: This roof looks very beautiful from the exterior. It is asymmetrical in design, made of two roofs that meet at a ridge line. One side of the roof is more slightly sloping than the other. This roof is more durable than a simple gable roof.


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