Gable roofs are easily recognizable by their triangular shape. It is defined by two sloping sides that come together at a ridge, creating end walls with a triangular extension, called a gable, at the top.
- Easily shed water and snow
- Provide more space for an attic or vaulted ceiling (much like a Mansard roof)
- Allow for better ventilation
- Inherently simple design is less expensive than more complex styles.
- Problematic in high winds and regions at risk of hurricanes.
- Properly constructed frames are vital to the durability of this style. Without adequate support, the roof can collapse.
- Material can peel away from gable roofs in high winds
- An expensive overhang can mean trouble: winds can create an uplift underneath, causing the roof to detach from the walls.
Gabled roofs can be covered with almost any type of material including asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, metal and tile.
Types of Gable Roof:
L-shaped: Also called a reverse, or opposing, gable, the L sits perpendicular to the main gable roof and joins anywhere along the main roof.
False front: The gables are false, designed simply to change the look of the house.
Side gable: A basic pitched roof with two equal panels, pitched at an angle, that meet at a ridge in the middle of the roof. The triangle section can be left open (open gable) or enclosed (boxed gable).
Crossed Gable: Used in T-shaped floor plans, this roof has two gable sections put together at a right angle, with the two ridges perpendicular to each other. Cape Cod and Tudor styles houses typically have crossed gables.
Front Gable: A front gable roof is placed at the entrance of a house. This design is often seen in Colonial style homes.
Dutch Gable: A hybrid of a gable and hip roof. The gable roof is placed on top of the hip roof for more space and enhanced curb appeal.
Salt Box: One of the sloping sides ends in a wall that is shorter than the wall on the other side.
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