What Are the Different Types of Roofs?

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There are many different types of roof shapes to choose from, but a lot will depend on if you already have a flat or pitched roof.

These differing styles can be expanded into further classifications which we will discuss here. East Midlands Roofing Solutions have over 20 years of experience installing both flat and pitched roofs across Nottingham.

Explaining the Different Roofs

Flat roofs are not totally the plane-type roof you may expect but they are built and designed with a little angle or sloped no greater than 15 degrees. If they were not sloped, rainwater would not be able to drain collection points.

A lot of urban houses adopt a flat roofing system with the covering material made from EPDM, which is a highly durable roof membrane made from synthetic rubber.

The main advantage of flat roofing is how resilient it is against a strong wind.

The pitched or sloped type of roof has an angle of more than 15 degrees. Here in the UK, the majority of pitched roofs on a standard home will have a 40-50 degrees slope, with an extremely steep angle being about 70 degrees. If you live in an area that has frequent snow fall, the pitched roof will prevent the snow from building up and would drain quickly. Low pitched roofs will be built to protect against strong winds.

5 Main Roof Types Explained

Gambrel – This resembles a Dutch roof or a born as it is a two-sided symmetrical, with each side having two slopes with the lower slope having a steep angle, and the upper slope being shallow.

Mansard – While this type of roof can often be confused with Gambrel, the Mansard has four sides but also has a double pitch with both also having steep and lower slopes. Mansard roofs are commonly referred to as French roofs because the shape was taken from French architect Francois Mansart.

Gable – A gable roof is the most common type of roof for colder climates. Its inverted V shape has steep angles but can slope at least 15 degrees. The highest edge or the peak where the horizontal planes meet is referred to as a gable. The slope is steep enough to let rainwater run through with the gable being best to deal with wind and snow.

Hip – A hip roof resembles a pyramid in shape, with four equal sides which meet at the top to form a ridge. With no vertical ends a hip roof looks similar to a pavilion. The aerodynamic feature of a hip roof makes it more formidable and offers sufficient protection against wind and snow.

Shed – A shed is a mono-pitched roof that only needs one gutter and is one of the easiest to build. It also referred to as a lean-to roof.

Talk to the Roofing Specialists

If you have any questions about roofing, talk to East Midlands Roofing Solutions. We are Nottingham’s leading supplier of flat roofs plus we can deal with any roofing repairs you need.

Contact us now for a no-obligation quote on your next project.

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