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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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5 Roof Shapes and Their Applications

  1. Flat Roofs
Flat roofs are usually used to cover single-floored factory units and widespread manufacturing plants. They are mostly made of metal sheets and possess reflective capabilities that keep the roof cool and thus foster energy savings. Besides, cleaning and maintaining them isn’t as much a hassle for the roof maintenance staff.

  • Gable Roofs
Gable roofs are the most common types of roofing systems found in areas with a temperate or cold climate. The system comprises two oppositely sloping roof parts. It is positioned to shape the roof ridge in a way that the highest horizontal edges meet each other to resemble the two vertical sides of a triangle.

It must be noted, gable form and detail depend on the building structure used. Additionally, since gable roofs do not hold moisture, they form an excellent choice for storage structures.

  • Saw-Tooth Roofs
If you happen to visit an industrial area with old factories, you will find a lot of them covered with saw-tooth roofs. Saw-tooth roofs are aesthetically attractive. However, at the same time, with glass panels faced away, saw-tooth roofs block direct light and heat and offer uniform brightness.

Nevertheless, dealing with saw-tooth roofs isnt as straightforward. It requires expert roofing staff from the best roofing sheet manufacturers in India to take the necessary precautions while maintaining, replacing, or cleaning them.

  • Tubular Steel Roofs
Tubular steel roof trusses form a part of massive constructions (spanning 25 meters to 30 meters) such as industry work sheds, factories, exhibition centers, etc. Some of the advantages of tubular steel roof trusses include reduced cost of maintenance, lowered possibility of corrosion, higher torsional resistance, etc.

  • Low-Sloped Roofs
Also known as bell roofs, low-sloped roofs can have convex as well as concave curves. Bell roofs are aesthetically attractive. However, at times, they might have a very low pitch. They prevent water inflow owing to the light pitch with which they are constructed and are usually chosen by factories, industrial structures, warehouses, etc., and in areas that receive heavy rainfall.

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