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McKinney Roofing: Article About A Brief Overview Of Roof Shapes

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Roofs have taken many forms over the course of architectural history. These different forms sometimes serve a practical function, but all have their own aesthetic charms. McKinney roofing professionals see a wide variety of different roof shapes, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. This article touches on a few of the different styles of roof as well as the different ways that a roof can be built.

There is a wide variety of different roof forms, but the simplest is the flat roof. As the name suggests, a flat roof does not have the slope architecture of other types of roofs, and it is often designed to be able to accommodate furnishings and become additional living space for the home or commercial building below. Generally, flat roofs are found in arid climates because they can have standing water after rain. However, flat roofs aren't always completely flat; most definitions of the flat roof allow for up to 10 degrees of pitch in the roof.

The gable roof, another simple roof style, is formed with two sloping sections that oppose each other. Imagine an upside-down V; this is the basic look of a gable roof.

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Gable roofs maximize the amount of attic space for a given pitch of roof, making this style a space-creator in the house itself. In snowy climates, a steep pitch is preferable, and the gable roof can leverage this into significant space in the attic. Some homes convert the attic into a bedroom. A-frame houses, for example, are essentially high-pitch, gabled roofs that start very low to the ground in order to create the entire interior space of the house.

The hipped roof is another popular roof style. This style's primary feature is that it has four, rather than two, sloping sections. Each section is opposed by another section. To better visualize this, imagine a rectangular home. This rectangular home would have a sloping roof section on all four walls, and the roof sections of opposing walls would oppose each other. The result is a vaguely pyramid-shaped roof that has no vertical walls. Hipped roofs are popular for their low profile, but this profile comes at the cost of inside attic space. Furthermore, because the roof lacks vertical sections, there is no opportunity for windows inside the attic space.

There are many other roof styles, but most of them are combinations of the above three basic styles. The mansard roof, for example, is simply a hipped roof with two different pitches: one pitch for closer to the eaves and another steeper pitch for the more central part of the house.

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