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Roofing Designs: A Brief Description and Advantages and Disadvantages of Gable Roofing

The gable is one of the most commonly used roofing design styles. It has been used for hundreds of years all over the world. It is commonly used in combination with other roofing styles to add interest to the outside appearance of a home. Here is a short description of a gable roof and some of its advantages and disadvantages of this type.

Roofing designs: Description of a gabled roof

The gable roofing design has an easily recognized appearance. This type of roof is constructed of same-length rafters and joined in the middle. A finished gable roof is usually an A-frame shape; however the pitch of the roof may vary from roof to roof. Often, especially in larger homes, two or more gables will be combined with other, flatter roofing designs to add depth and interest to not only the roof, but the entire home as well. A variation of the gable roof is the cross-gable, which is simply two gable roofs that meet at some point. The gables can be the same or different sizes; it is all completely up to the homeowner.

Roofing designs: advantages and disadvantages of gabled roofs

Of all roofing designs, the gabled roof probably has the most advantages, which is what makes it so popular. First, the simplicity of installation leads to a lower cost than other designs. Another advantage of this roof style is that because it is sloped fairly steeply, it provides excellent water drainage, leading to fewer leaks and a longer life of the roof.

Gable roofs also provide the most ceiling space among all roofing designs, which is another reason it is so popular.

The main disadvantage of this type of roof is that its added height makes it especially vulnerable to damage from strong winds or tornados. You don't normally see this type of roof in areas where this type of weather is common; a tornado could easily tear a gable right off of a house.


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