Would you agree that roof is one of the most important components of the house? You can barely call a building structure "a house" when it has no roof. And of course, every architectural style has its own type and shape. Do you know what type of the roof does your house have?
There are two basic types – flat and sloped roofs.
A flat roof is a type of covering for a building and it is exactly what it is called – flat. In contrast to the more sloped form of roof, a flat roof is horizontal or nearly horizontal.
The slope of a roof is properly known as its pitch: Roofs which are nearly flat are known as low-pitch roofs (as the angle of slope increases, so the pitch is said to increase).
Gabled roofs are the kind young children typically draw. They have two sloping sides that come together at a ridge, creating end walls with a triangular extension, called a gable, at the top.
Cross Gable Roof
A variation of gable roof, well, more complex variation. Two or more gable roofs that cross. A very popular roof type for the modern residential buildings
Similar to gable roof, but the two sides are not symmetrical.
A French version of gable roof. The difference is that the mansard roof has a flat area at the top instead of forming a perfect triangle.
A hip roof or hipped roof, is a type of roof where all sides slope downwards to the walls, usually with a fairly gentle slope. Thus it is a house with no gables or other vertical sides to the roof.
Cross Hip Roof
Similar to a hip roof, but this roof has two or more parts that cross
Pyramid Hip Roof
A square hip roof is shaped like a pyramid.
A gambrel or gambrel roof is a usually symmetrical two-sided roof with two slopes on each side. The upper slope is positioned at a shallow angle, while the lower slope is steep. This design provides the advantages of a sloped roof while maximizing headroom inside the building's upper level and shortening what would otherwise be a tall roof.
Sometimes also referred to as Lean-To Roof, Pent Roof or Skillion Roof, Shed Roof is a sloping roof surface, often not attached to another roof. surface.
A combination of two gable roofs, looking like letter "M" from the side
The last few types are really speaking for themselves and are not very common in residential construction in Canada
Also known as Gullwing Roof
This is the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Domed roofs are very typical for the Orthodox Churches.
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Architectural Home Styles – Learning Real Estate Terms Part II
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