Roofing Information | Roof Styles & Materials

ROOFING - Roof Shapes, Types and Styles

There are a number of different roof types, styles and shapes too, depending on the specific property, when it was built and the location. Gable roofing is one of the most famous styles of roofing and the entire property is now described as a gable property, Dutch Gales being the most famous perhaps. A green roof would, for example, not be given planning permission in certain residential areas as it is not in keeping with the other properties. The role of a roof is as one would expect to to protect a property from bad weather, but the reality is that there is another incredibly important role that your roof needs to play, it provides a home with insulation, keeping your house warm in winter and cool in Summer. When correctly done this vital role save you money, and lots of it. For the aforementioned reasons, it is essential that a property has a well maintained roof that does what it is supposed to. Did you know that each roof is built to meet the specific requirements of the building and the local climate. Fixing, changing or adding to your roof can make a huge difference to how it works for you and poor workmanship will most likely spell disaster for both your property and your finances. It really is that important to use experienced, registered, credible roofing companies who are preferably vetted by a trade association.

What Is A Flat Roof?

Flat roofs are fairly common. These tend to be more prevalent in climates that are warm and dry, as there is less water to settle on them. However, they are also used in colder, wetter climates. As the name suggests, flat roofs are usually horizontal or almost horizontal. Flat roofs were previously made from gravel and tar, but some started to leak when water pooled on them for prolonged periods of time.

Today most flat roofs consist of a continuous membrane, so that when water pools on them it is less likely to lead to a leak. Some of the materials used most frequently on flat roofs include Asphalt, Modified Bitumen and PVC (vinyl) membrane roofing. Many people like flat roofs because they maximise the space in the room underneath. Some flat roofs, particularly the older ones, need regular maintenance and do not last more than several years.

What Is A Gabled Roof?

A gable shaped roof has two straight slopes which run down two opposite sides of a building. They are known as gable shaped roofs because of the triangular shape created by the edge of the roof and the top of the outer walls. They are very popular in countries such as England, and the shape means that rain and snow can run off the roof easily. Gable shaped roofs originate from classic Roman and Greek Architecture, Dutch gables being among the most beautiful we feel and are still used today on many domestic properties.

The specific type of gable depends on where the main entrance (door) is situated in relation to the shape of the roof. As well as being insulated underneath and then covered with a layer of felt type material, the exterior of a gable shaped roof usually comprises of closely fitted slates or tiles. Buildings that have been built in the last few years tend to use tiles as opposed to slates. Gable shaped roofs, if well fitted and maintained, can last for a long time. Strong winds may damage, loosen or remove roof tiles or slates, if this happens it must be addressed immediately to prevent leaking and further damage.

What Is A Hip Roof?

A hip roof is when all sides of the roof slope downwards. Most hip roofs have four sides, hence there are no gables. A hip roof can be square, resembling the shape of a pyramid; or rectangular, with a ridge at the top. Some hip roofs have more than four sides. Like a gable roof, a hip roof is typically made up of insulation and felt material underneath, and the exterior is covered with slates or roof tiles. Hip roofs are also common on many domestic properties.

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