So, you’re ready for a new roof? With the significant financial investment you’re looking at, it would be wise to do some research before you get started. There are many different material choices, and you can even alter the pitch and style of your roof in most cases. You’ll need to weigh aesthetic considerations as well as roof maintenance, weather and aging.
Material choices are important, but this article will focus on a few of the most popular modern roofing designs.
Hip and Gable Roofs
There are many types of this most common roof structure. The inverted “V” shape creates “hips” where the two flat surfaces join. When you join two sections of roof that are at different angles to each other, the adjoining edges create “valleys”.
With a hip roof, the roof comes all the way down to the fascia, or rain gutter, all the way around the house. If the ends are left open, the peak runs all the way to the outside edge, and the outer wall extends up beyond the main level. Rain gutters are not required on those sides.
How Flat are Flat Roofs?
While they appear flat, they almost always have some pitch for water runoff. Also called “shed” roofs, they are very basic and usually have very little pitch, or slope. Not an option in Adelaide Hills or other areas where snow loads are a potential factor.
What is a Skillion Roof?
This is flat roof that has a more pronounced pitch than what you would find on a flat roof. Often, there will be several different sections that are at different or opposing angles that overlap each other. They are not joined together to create hips, but appear to be stacked on top of each other.
Build Me a Butterfly
Take two skillion roof sections, and join them together at the bottom with a box gutter in the middle, creating a “butterfly”. Unusual and very interesting to look at, they allow for the rain water to be funnelled to a central point, where it can be harvested. The odd design also allows for more windows on the outside walls.
What Else do you Need to Know?
Obviously, there are a lot more options then we have covered here. There is also much information to cover regarding which quality roofing materials will work best for whatever style roof you choose. To get all of the facts, talk to a roofing professional here at Rite Price Roofing.
Our friendly, professional staff can answer any questions you might have, and even some that you don’t. Give us a call today!