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The Differences Between 3 Gable Roof Types For Your Home

by Donald Evans

If you are building a home, you will have the freedom to select what kind of roof you want it to have. Every roof has advantages and disadvantages, but a gable roof is a great choice. If you were not aware already, a gable style roof will have two slopes that come together to form a peak. This roof design is classic and used with a wide variety of different architectural styles, which include colonial and cape cod homes. Here is what you need to know about the differences between three types of gable roofs.

Standard Style

A standard style gable roof will only have two sides with a slope on them and is common for homes that are narrow or smaller. Its layout is considered to be simple to construct, which will save you on the cost of construction. The style will also easily shed snow or water.

A problem with the standard style gable roof is that strong winds could go up the slope, potentially tearing off shingles. If there are high trees near your home, these may help break the wind and eliminate the problem. For homes in areas that are wide open, avoid using a light roofing material like asphalt shingles, since they have a higher potential of being ripped off the roof.

Crossed Style

The crossed style gable will be used when there are multiple parts of the home that have a gable roof. The roofs need to come together somewhere, which is where they cross together. This style has similar advantages that a standard style gable roof has, but will be more costly to construct because of the increase in surface area that is required.

In addition to the problem that wind can cause to the roof, there is a potential vulnerability where both roofs come together and form a sharp angle. Water can leak in this area since water tends to collect there and will require a standing seam or metal roofing in the area to help form a tight seal.

Dutch Style

This style of gable roof is essentially two types of roofs with one sitting above the other. A top section is the standard style gable, and the bottom is typically a hip style roof. All 4 sides of your roof will have a slope to it, with the hip style section connecting with the standard style section.

A Dutch style gable provides a lot of visual interest and can give more standing room inside the home on the upper level. Though this style has even more surface area and will be more expensive to construct, it also allows more roofing material to be seen from ground level, so it may cause you to purchase a roofing material that is more appealing like wood or slate.

For more info on gable roofs, speak with a local roofing contractor like those found at All American Roofing Incorporated.