There are dozens of different types of roof from the classic gables to the inverted slopes of a butterfly roof and it can be hard to decide which to choose from since the roof not only keeps out the elements and forms the crowning glory of your home but also defines its architectural style. Because the roof is such a key part of the look of your home you might think that any work done on it has to be a copy of the previous roof but in fact while not all roofs can be built onto all styles of construction there is a lot of choice and whether you're looking at a new build or a replacement roof we can offer a dazzling array of choice. These are just a few of our most popular roofs.
Gable roofs are the all time classics, a straightforward pitched roof that is flat on each side of the home and rises up to form a single ridge at the top. Shingled gabled roofs are probably the most popular right across the USA and with good reason. The pitch of the roof sides mean that it shrugs off rain and snow, it can be covered with whatever types of shingle you like and it's cheap to build. It's also flexible since that inverted 'V' shape at the top of the house can be used to provide ventilation for the home to keep it cool in summer. The only real downside of the gable roof is that the overhang where the bottom of the roof sticks out past the side walls can suffer from uplift from swirling winds that effectively pluck at the roof and try to lift it. That can weaken it over time which is why you want your roofing done by the pros.
Mansard and Gambrel Roofs
Where the gable roof is a two sided design (though there are variations with cross gables) the mansard or French roof is typically four sided with a low sided top and a steep sided lower section. The mansard gives space to have garret rooms under the roof which is a great consideration if you've got a family or have visitors and since you can use two different materials for the two sections of the roof the mansard roof is an eye-catching style.Perhaps better known as a barn roof the gambrel roof is kind of a mansard roof but with two sides which gives you an instant historic look called Dutch colonial.
Another four sided roof is a hip roof. Think of a gable roof but with four sides meeting in the middle and you have a hip roof. It's a very stable roof but a little more complex and therefore a little more expensive and again requires real roofing pros to ensure that the seams are waterproofed.
With increasing demand for solar panels and aircon units the flat roof provides a practical functional space to take care of the machinery of a living home and while waterproofing a flat roof is a key issue we have the expertise to ensure that our roofs shrug off the elements.