Whether you are buying a new home, building one or need to change your roof’s design, you need to choose a roofing structure that works best. Also, you must keep in mind the cost of repairs and replacement when either becomes necessary. Apart from the aesthetics, the roof should provide great living conditions by helping protect your home from the elements while remaining energy efficient. While there are different roof types, we are going to be focusing on the gable roof and whether it is a good choice for different types of homes.
What Is a Gable Roof?
The gable is the most popular roof design in most countries. A gable roof is a roof that consists of two sides that slope towards the longer side of the house. The gable itself is the triangular area on the shorter walls that sits between the slopes of the two sides of the gable wall. A hip roof, another common type of roof design, has all sides of the roof sloping towards the wall. Because of this, a hip roof does not have a gable. Because of its distinct look, it is very easy to distinguish a gable roof from other roof types.
A gable roof is easy to construct as it only consists of the ceiling joist for the base and the two rafters that form the roof. The gable roof is also sturdy and simple, built with fewer materials and is not a complicated design compared to other roof types.
Types of Gable Roofs
There are so many variations of the gable roof design. This is because you only need two sloping roof panels and a gable to create one.We are going to look at the four main types.
The first type is the side gable and it is the most common gable design there is. This is where the two sides of the roof are pitched as with traditional gable roofs. When the middle is left open, that becomes an open gable roof and, if the middle is closed, then that is a boxed gable roof.
Next, we have crossed gable roofs. These combine two perpendicular gable roofing sections placed at a right angle. You will often see crossed gable roofs in homes where the owners want to make use out of their attic and so they install windows on the gable on the second roof section. Crossed gable roofs might have sections of the same pitch, height and length or have asymmetric roofing styles for areas like the garage and porch.
The front gable roof often has two gable roofs combined. The main gable roof section is used to cover the larger house, while the smaller section is used to cover and highlight the entrance or the porch.
A Dutch gable roof combines a hip roof and a gable roof style where the gable is added to create more attic space. The gable can also be added to improve the home’s aesthetic or to even increase its value for those looking to sell the home in the future. The construction of a Dutch roof often involves placing a gable roof on top of a hip roof.
The other variations to the gable roof include combining the four main gable roof designs, mixing roofing materials, or even using roofing materials of different colors.
Advantages of a Gable Roof
One of the main advantages of a gable is that because the roof design is very simple and minimalistic, almost any type of roofing material can be used on the roof. Even when you decide to change the design a bit or switch roofing materials, it will be easy to find materials that work for the gable roof design you opt for.
Because of how simple the gable roof design is, construction is also easy which means these roofs are cheaper to construct.
When done right, a gable roof can also leave a lot of space which can be utilized in several ways. Additionally, where there is enough attic space or the roof is of sufficient height, a cross gable can be added to create a living space by allowing the addition of windows.
Gable roofs also allow for greater airflow within homes, which can provide ventilation benefits in warmer climates.
Downsides of a Gable Roof
Some people find the gable roof design to be too dull or plain. This is because there is no sophistication, with most gable roof designs only differentiated by the color of the roofing material as well as only a few design alterations.
Gable roofs are also susceptible to winds especially if they face the wrong way and have too much overhang.
Gable roofs offer homeowners lots of advantages in that they are easier and cheaper to construct, look amazing, and are easier to maintain. They can be added to almost any home and can also be expanded to add additional space to the home through an attic expansion.