Are you looking to build a new home or replace your existing roof? Deciding on a style of roof will give you the opportunity to customize your home and make it your own. There are a lot of different roof types to choose from; how do you choose which one is for you?
The best way is to look at different style and see what strikes your fancy and consider both architectural style and how long they will last. Most roofs last anywhere from 20-50 years depending on what materials you make them out of.
We’ve put together this list to bring a few styles to mind that you may not have considered. Keep reading to find out a little bit more about each of them!
1. Flat Roof
The flat roof is the easiest style to install and it takes the least amount of materials. It is the simplest design, literally just the flat top to a box. This is the safest form of roof to stand on and can offer many benefits like use as an outdoor space where there isn’t a lot of land available.
The downside of flat roofs is that they require more maintenance. Since they do not have any slope, debris can tend to accumulate on the roof and you will need to clean them off periodically. In areas of heavy snow, you may need to shovel the roof off since the snow will continue to accumulate if not cleared and could become too heavy.
2. Gambrel Roof
This roof design is made of four slopes, two on either side of the home. You may be familiar with this design by seeing it on many barns in the midwest, and it has an almost arch-like appearance.
The lower slopes on each side are generally pretty steep, so this roof can require special equipment for repair and maintenance. Fortunately, due to the increased slope, accumulation of debris is usually not an issue.
3. Saltbox Roof
This interesting roof design often used for homes which go from two stories in one area to one story in another. The roof is asymmetrical; one side features a long pitched slope, and the other side a much shorter slope, usually over the side with two stories.
This type of roof allows for the interesting construction possibilities like multi-levels and still provides adequate sloping so that weather and debris will slide off.
Many Roof Types to Choose From
There are even more roof styles to choose from than the ones we looked at. The only limitation is your imagination. The next step to deciding on what roof type is right for you is to contact a roofing contractor and start talking details.
Want to speak to a contractor about how to choose a roof style and make it last long? You can learn more here.
Like a Hat for Your Home
Your roof is not only a great way to protect your home from the elements but it’s also a great way to set your home apart from all the others on the block. You have your choice of many amazing roof types, so all you need to do is find the one you like and then work with a contractor to make it happen!
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