Gable roofs are the simplest kind of roofing, yet are available in a range of variations. All gable roofs constitute two flat slopes that are joint together to form a ridge, thus creating a peak or triangle on the wall of the front façade. The word “gable” refers to this triangular shape. Gable roofs can also have an additional section joint perpendicularly, making the roof structure “cross-gabled”. Or alternatively, the “French-Gable” design involves the removal of the head of the roof, allowing for a flat area at the summit of the building.
Gable roofs can be insulated to develop either cool or warm roof spaces; although creating a cool space is the cheaper option, it doesn’t allow for the ceiling floor to be used as an additional living area. Furthermore, gable roofs are well-suited to most weather conditions, as rain, snow, and debris simply fall down their slopes. Roof 101 provide all kinds of insulation renewal and repair services, and work with a wide range of insulation materials, so that you can make the best selection within your budget.
The main difference between a Gable roof and a hip roof is both cost and style. Generally, the gable roof is much simpler to install than a hip roof – which requires complex internal framework – and it is therefore significantly cheaper. On the other hand, despite that hipped roofs are more costly, they are sturdy enough to withstand some of the most extreme weather conditions. With reference to style, Gable roofs are a lot more popular than hip roofs among Americans, not only because of their traditional look, but their expediency in providing extra space to the building and efficiency against weather damage. Roof 101 works with experts in both hipped and gable roofing, that are able to advise you on the most suitable roofing options for your building and budget.
The following instructions assume you already know the dimensions and design of the roof trusses you intend to build. If you do not, or need specially designed roof trusses (and not manufactured ones) contact a Roof 101 professional for assistance.