Roof Repair Turlock

Common Roofing Styles Pt. 2

As you look at the various styles of roofing, it can be tough to tell which one is right for your home. Here are some more details about the different types of roofs so that you're able to make a better decision on what type will work best for your needs.

3) Mansard Roof
Mansard roofs were invented in the 1500s and have been used for centuries. This roof style, which is also called a “forehead” or simply an “eyebrow,” emerged as a popular option because it provided more living space than other designs like hip-roofed homes (which are less common today). Mansard roofs first appeared on vernacular architecture in France when King Henry IV was looking to expand his palace at Le Louvre with new rooms. Today they can be found all over the world--and not just on historic buildings! The mansard design has become so well loved that these days many modern architects choose this type of roofing for their clients' homes.

A mansard roof is a type of steep, sloped roof usually seen on traditional buildings with two or more floors that helps maximize interior space and headroom below the rafters. A mansard also has lower-pitched than other roofs, which means it doesn't slope as sharply upwards towards the eaves and there's less chance for rain to pool up at the bottom of the building. This design consists of four walls lined by an upper floor set back from--and normally above--the ground level; this creates a second room inside your home structure! An additional benefit to owning a property with this style of architecture? You'll have plenty of light within because all that high ceiling provides lots of natural illumination (from windows).

4) Gambrel Roof
Gambrel roofs are typically found in areas where there is a need to conserve space. These regions may include densely-populated neighborhoods, like major cities or towns with small lots. Smaller gambrel roof homes usually have one floor that can house the kitchen and living room as well as two bedrooms in the attic upstairs; larger gambrel roofs will often sport more than three floors but lack an outdoor deck for some reason (possibly because they were built before decks became popular). You'll be lucky if you live on a street lined by these houses: not only do they take up less land per home, but their high ceilings make them feel spacious inside.

As far as construction goes, it's hard to get much cheaper than a gambrel roof. They can be built with either wood or steel, and are a lot cheaper to install than gable roofs due to their lack of beams in the upper section (gabled roofs have two long walls that meet at an angle). The downside is that they're not as durable - hurricanes, high winds and heavy snowfall will find them easy prey. You'll need to put more insulation into your gambrel roof home's attic if you want it to stay snug during wintertime; also note that water will get trapped on this type of roof when hydrostatic pressure from rainfall builds up higher than the height of gutters.

Most people like living under a gambrel because it gives them plenty of headroom while staying cool thanks to the high ceilings. But if you're looking for the best protection, then this is probably not your best choice of roof style; another option might be to combine a gambrel with gabled roofs and see what happens - it will cost more but in many cases it's worth the extra cost as an investment that'll keep on paying dividends long into the future.

The benefits are easier installation, better insulation value, lower costs per square foot (due to lack of beams), good air circulation from high ceilings and headroom that can accommodate taller people. The disadvantages include less durability than other types of roofing materials and vulnerability to wind damage.

Continue on Part 3 to learn more.

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