Gable – The gable roof is perhaps the most popular and typical roof type in the cold climate regions of the UK. Taking the form of the inverted V shape, the gable roof type has steep angles but can slope to at least 15 degrees. The peak edge where the horizontal planes meet is called gable. Gable roofs are used in Gregorian-type homes. With a slope steep enough to rainwater flow, the gable is the best against wind and snow.
Gambrel – Resembling a Dutch roof of a barn, the gambrel roof is a two-faced symmetrical type. Each side has two slopes; the upper slope is shallow while the lower slope has a steeper angle.
Hip – Hip roof resembles closely to pyramids. The hip roof has four equal sides, which meet at the peak, forming a uniform ridge. The hip roof also looks like a pavilion, having no vertical ends. The hip roof’s aerodynamic feature makes it good protection against snow and wind.
Mansard – Mansard roof is often confused with the gambrel roof. Mansard roof type also has a double pitch, but its difference with gambrel is that the mansard roof has four sides. Gambrel and mansard are only similar in having a steep and lower slope. Mansard roofs are commonly called French roofs.
Shed – The shed type requires only one gutter, being a mono-pitched roof. The shed type roof is the easiest and simplest to build among roofing projects. Also called pent roof or lean-to roof, the shed type has a roof surface and a single slope.
All roof types are built to keep us warm and safe from any natural hazard. Roofing is very significant in any construction as the integrity of the whole shelter can be compromised if the roof materials are not up to standards. Proper roof insulation is also important to keep the temperature inside and outside of the structure controlled.
Roofers and architects definitely have a better understanding of the most appropriate type of roofing that should be installed over your home. They can show innovativeness on the perfect roof you need without compromising human safety, material quality, and costs.