Roof Shapes

Different roof shapes have historically been determined by weather patterns of the region in which a home or structure is being built. Low precipitation areas may implement a flat roof design, while regions that get a lot of rain, sleet or snow, are more likely to be more steeply sloped. In mid-west North America, options in roof shapes are nice to have in order to meet home builders’ aesthetic desires. Obviously, the weather is not overly extreme, and the types of houses that are built in modern times can withstand much rain or only a little bit over the course of a twelve month period. IF you are building a new home or installing a replacement roof, it can be helpful to know a little bit about the types of roofs that have been around for many centuries. Gathering some basic information about the root of the roof type can aide you in your decisions about specifications for your new roof.

Mansard Roofs are made of four slopes: two on one side of the house, and two on the other. The highest slope is less steep than the lower slope which is very steep, in comparison. This is a French style of roof and provides the option for added space for living areas or storage. This quaint, basic style is a versatile option that works in any climate and allows for virtually any design concept color or landscape-wise. This is a very cheery roof shape and is unique enough to stand out in any neighbourhood!

Saltbox roof shapes are much less common than the Mansard varietal and is very visually intriguing. It is asymmetrical and has one short side and one much longer side. This roof type can be used for buildings set on a hill-that have multiple stories. It can even be put into place on a home that is one story on one wing of the house and two or more on the opposite wing. The saltbox roof shape is, of course, more popular in mountainous or hilly regions and looks great against a natural backdrop but might stick out in a not so positive way in a suburban area. This design is very sharp and could be implemented in an urban setting, too!

Pyramid roofs are exactly what the sound like. They resemble a pyramid, have four sloped sides that come together at the highest point to form a pyramid shape. Hip roofs are similar, but the pointy top is essentially chopped, to form a small, flat “peak”. Pyramid and hip roofs are usually either the shape of a small portion of a home or the shape of a very small residence’s roof. They are versatile but when the main shape of the roof, a little bit plain.

Cross gabled roofs are a very popular choice for North American homeowners. The versatility of this shape is great, and this roof type can be applied to almost any home design. Gables are basically the triangular shape we think of when we think of a roof. A cross gabled roof has many, small gabled areas that together form an array of triangle roof shapes on one house.

Skillion and flat roofs are a high design type of roof. Skillion roofs are one, slanted piece and flat roofs are, of course, flat. They are similar to one another because they are made of just one main plane. The skillion roof is just tilted. Skillion roofs can be steeply sloped or very gradually steep.

Talk to an Ace Roofing specialist today, about what your best options are regarding your new roof.

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