One of the most common and certainly most popular roofing styles available, gable roofs are easier to install and less expensive than other types of roofs. Gable roofs may not be able to withstand hurricane winds like hip roofs, but with the proper maintenance they can last for years to come. Here is some more information.
The cost of installing a gable roof depends on the type and quality of the materials used, as well as the cost of labor. Get in touch with a local roofer for price quotes and to go over your options.
If a gable roof is built with quality materials and properly maintained, it can be a durable roof for your home. However, gable roofs can be easily damaged with high winds, and are not recommended in areas prone to severe hurricanes.
Gable roofs require more maintenance than other roof styles, and must first be completely weatherproofed. It’s suggested that roof vents and possibly vent fans be installed to prevent any moisture damage. Also, be prepared to repaint your gable roof from time to time, as this style has a broader face than others.
A gabled roof has two slopes that come together at the top; each end looks like the letter “A.” Gable roofs consist of two roof surfaces, called roof fields, which are usually rectangular and are the same size and pitch angle.
Gable roof designers recommend the 25 to 45-degree pitch angle of the roofs, as it represents the best angle for running off the rainwater.
The roof pitch also determines the space available in the attic. A low-pitched roof reduces the headroom in the attic. Conversely, the higher the pitch of the gable, the more headroom. Therefore, a higher pitch provides a very workable living space in your attic. Dormers are commonly added to these types of roofs to provide additional windows to living space constructed in what was traditionally the attic.
Gable roofs can be traced back as early as the 14th century, where they were used in cities all over Europe. They are now the most popular roofing style available.
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