The gable roof is the most recognizable roofing style. In fact, ask a child to make a drawing of house, and you’ll probably get one with a gable roof. Crown Roofing LTD takes a look at this classic suburban roofing style.
Gable roofs are also known as pitched or peaked roofs. They feature two equally pitched panels that meet at a ridge in the middle of the structure. The triangular wall space right under the peak is the gable. Gable roofs are typically steep-pitched roofs, which make them ideal for materials like asphalt shingles. Despite the basic shape, gable roofs can accommodate all required components, including gutters and attic ventilation.
There are several types of gable roofs, which allows them to adapt to a variety of floor plans. While a basic rectangular floor plan typically has a front-facing gable, certain home styles, such as the Georgian architecture, are side-gabled, which means the ridge is parallel to the street. A crossed gable features two gable roofs that intersect at a right angle and is often seen on Cape Cod and Tudor style homes. A Dutch gable is similar to a hip (four-sided) roof, but has a gable at the ridge. A capable roofing contractor can help you decide on the type of gable roof that fits your home.
Pros and Cons
Thanks to their simple design, gable roofs effectively shed water and snow. Gable roofs tend to not have as many valleys – a basic gable roof has none at all – and, therefore, there are fewer areas that require flashing. This means less chances of leaks. Gable roofs take less time to build and are more cost-effective. However, care must be taken to ensure that the roof shape does not allow uplift and that the rafters are properly braced. The simple design can also work against you in some ways as the whole roof could get lifted off in one piece unless the aforementioned precautions are taken.
Considering a gable roof for your reroofing project? You need a capable roofing company who can take care of the details. Call Crown Roofing LTD today at (604) 210-6655. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free roof evaluation and estimate. We serve Vancouver, BC, and the surrounding areas.