The Mansard roof is named for Francois Mansart, a 17th century French architect and the “Father of French Classical Architecture.”
Also called a “French roof,” this four-sided roof has a double slope on each side. The slopes meet to form a low-pitch. Its sides can be flat or curved. Like any roof style, the characteristics of a Mansard roof offer both pros and cons for homeowners.
The case for a Mansard roof:
- Creates loads of extra living space in the form of a full attic or additional living quarters.
- Lends itself to open or closed dormers for more aesthetic appeal.
- Adds character and curb appeal to your home
- Offers the flexibility for home additions down the road. A garret or dormers can be added in the future, giving homeowners the ability to add on as their families grow and needs change.
The case against a Mansard roof:
- Its low-pitched section isn’t ideal for regions that receive heavy snowfall.
- The embellishments and details can mean higher cost
The top of a mansard roof is typically broad and flat. The lower pitch is available in three silhouettes:
- Convex (outwardly curved, in an “S” or bell shape)
- Concave (inwardly curved or flared)
- Steeply angled
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