Building a new home comes with dozens, if not hundreds, of different choices -- siding or stucco? One-car garage or two? Every choice can be important, but there isn't a choice that has the potential to really make or break your house like the choice of your style of roof. If you're stuck on exactly which type of roof will be best for your new dream house, then here's what you need to know.
There are over a dozen styles of roofing in America, so what follows will be a list of some of the more popular choices.
One of the most popular style of roofing in the United States, gable roofs (also called pitched or pointed roofs) are what you picture when you think of roofs in general -- the roughly triangular house toppers you grew up around.
Gable roofs are perfect for moderately wet climates, as their slope is great for shedding rain and snow. They're also the cheapest style of roof to build. However, if you live in a high-wind area, keep looking -- gable roofs can collapse under high winds and sometimes even get lifted off the rest of the house.
Also called a French roof, this style has four sides and a double slope on each side, creating an elegant shape best suited for a home much longer than it is wide.
Due to their ability to create large living spaces, mansard roofs are really good if you're looking to do some home improvement or remodeling later. However, if you're in an area with heavy snow, it may be best to avoid this style -- due to the languid slope at the top of the roof, snow isn't sloughed off very easily.
While flat roofs aren't perfectly flat -- they need a slight slope to make sure that water can run off -- they are largely flat and are commonly used for industrial buildings, though they've been gaining popularity in residential areas, particularly with eco-conscious citizens who plant grass on top of their flat roofs.
Flat roofs are good if you're wanting to add living space without paying extra for it -- a flat roof can give you a huge patio and provides space for heating and cooling units. However, since they are notorious for water leakage, those in high rainfall or snowfall areas should probably find another option.
For more information about your roofing options, contact a company like All American Roofing Incorporated.
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