In the custom home business, gable roofs are a popular choice. Though most easily recognized by their triangular shape, gable roofs come in many different styles, such as peaked or pitched roofs.
Gable Roof Advantages
There are many different reasons why gable roofs are so popular amongst custom home buyers. A gable roof will discard water easily, perfect for the rainy Florida weather. A gable roof will also provide more space for an attic or vaulted ceilings, giving homeowners more ventilation.
Gable Roof Disadvantages
Even though there are many pros to building your custom home with a gable roof, there are a few cons that should be taken into consideration. Hurricane zones and high winds can cause trouble for gable roofs. If there is too high of winds, it can cause the materials to peel away. However, though problematic, there is a solution to this. If the proper braces are installed and homeowners take the time to have their roof inspected after a storm to make sure there was no damage, that problem can be avoided.
Different Types of Gable Roofs
When choosing to have a gable roof installed on your custom home, there are a few options to consider.
Side Gable Roof
A side gable roof is a basic pitched roof that usually has two equal panels, are pitched at an angle and meet at a ridge in the middle of the home. This will form a triangle section, and it can either be left open to form an open gable roof, or closed to form a boxed gable roof.
Front Gable Roof
A front gable roof is typically seen at the entrance of the home, mostly commonly seen on Colonial style homes.
Crossed Gable Roof
With a crossed gable roof, two roof sections are placed together to form a right angle, making the two ridges perpendicular. A crossed gable roof is great for a home that has separate wings, or when you want to accent the different areas of your home. An example of this would be the garage, dormers, or porch.
What Materials Are Used On Gable Roofs?
If homeowners decide to choose a gable roof for their custom home, there are plenty of materials available, such as metal, asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, clay/concrete tiles, and terra cotta. To prevent any leaks, we recommend that your gable roof is shingled with metal shingles if the roof also has hips and valleys.
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