The shape of the roof of your new home is probably something that you won’t think about that much. I mean, what options do you have? And would it matter what shape you choose? However, there are actually different types known today, each with its own purpose too. Here we are to give you just that, so your home won’t look like ordinarily usual. This is for the daring, for those who want to try something different than what’s already out there.
Before that, you must know that, the climate, the environment, the availability of building materials, and the building’s purpose will all affect the resulting shape of the roof. A well planned roof shape then plays an important role in maintaining a home’s energy efficiency and resale value too. Also, all roofs need to slope to at least some degree so that snow and rainfall can drain off.
These days, home builders, architects, and roofing contractors all stretch their imaginations to create designs of roofs that still slope at some degrees while still look amazing and still maintaining each of its functions. We now enumerate some common types of roof shapes.
They have two sloping sides that come together at a ridge, creating end walls with a triangular extension at the top. This is what you typically see and what children usually draw when you ask them to draw a house. There are different subtypes of this shape too, like false front gable, L-shaped gable, gambrel, shed, and curved gable.
This shape is most commonly made of steel in modern designs. Curved roofs usually require a lot of skill and time to create. In addition to looking chic, it also offers the opportunity to add a softer and rounder look to your home.
Hip roof or hipped roofs are very popular in Australia. Hip roofs slope back from all four sides which is great if you have a lot of trees as leaves will not tend to pile.
The Mansard type of roof is simply a historic variation on a hip roof. These types of roofs are unusual, but offer plenty of interior space for you to build an attic.
Sawtooth roofs were, back then, seen most commonly in the industrial setting. They are now increasingly popular in houses, thanks to the amount of daylight they allow.