In architecture, roofing acts as a shield from factors like sunlight, rain, snow, and extreme wind that can damage the structure of a building. Apart from this, they add to the artistic feel of buildings and could either leave a lasting visual impact or not. However, choosing a roof style can be a tasking job because there are countless varieties to pick from.
One factor to consider when selecting your roofing style is durability, utility, and lifespan. A roof with a visually appealing impact and without proper function can cause more harm than good. If you’re considering a roof style for your residential or commercial building, here are the basic roofing styles you should know.
- Gable Roofs: This roofing style is common in contemporary buildings and has a triangle-like look when viewed from the front yard. Gable roofs allow for ventilation, allow for functionality, and are easy to build.
- Hip: This is one difficult style to attain because it has four sides that looks like a pyramid. But, it does not provide ventilation. Instead, they are wind resistant.
- Dutch: These roofs are similar to hip roofs. However, they have a small gable at the edge. A benefit of using this style is its touch of natural lightening and spaciousness.
- Butterfly Roof: this roof is usually angled up in a V-shape and allows for ventilation and lighting. However, the drainage can be problematic.
- Gambrel Roof: also nicknamed barn roof as it is mostly used in barns. They work great for attic rooms.
- Mansard Roof: this roof has a French design constructed with four slopes, with each side of the home featuring two slopes. But, they are difficult to build, with the bottom side steeper than the upper side.
- Flat Roof: these roofs are low-sloped roofs that appear flat but are not and allows for run-off water.
- Shed Roof: although similar to the flat roof, the shed roof has more pitch and is mostly used with other styles.
- Dormer Roof: dormer roofs are unique as they are a combination of a window and a roof. They are polygonal with an inverted bowl shape.
- M-shaped Roofs: This style resembles a gable roof with two slopes on each side meeting at the middle.
While picking your roofing style can be difficult, knowing the different types before construction can save you time and stress.