Gable Roofs

Gable roofs date back to 14th century Europe, where they quickly became popular roofing options. Today, gable roofs are the most widely used types of roofs on homes in America. This is due to a number of benefits that this roof type offers, along with minimal drawbacks.

“These roofs are relatively easy to install. This makes them an attractive option for contractors. Since easier installation results in lower labors costs, it also makes them a popular choice for homeowners.”

Types of Gable Roofs

There are a number of different styles of gable roofs. Some of these include:

Single Gable
This is made up of two equally pitched, sloped roof surfaces that meet at a single point along the top of the roof line, forming a triangle. This is the most popular style of roof seen on homes in America.

French Gable
This type of gable roof does not end in a point at the top, but rather ends with a flat spot at the top of the roof line.

Cross gable roof
This is made up of two or more gable roofs that sit perpendicular to one another.

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Cost Of Gable Roofs

These are the most economical roofing choices available to homeowners. Most homes built with gable roofs begin with pre-built, factory assembled trusses, which are installed and then covered with roofing material. This greatly cuts down on labor costs, reducing the overall cost of building a gable roof. These roofs are relatively easy to install. This makes them an attractive option for contractors. Since easier installation results in lower labors costs, it also makes them a popular choice for homeowners.

Advantages Of Gable Roofs

Gable roofs are such a popular roofing option since the pros outweigh the cons, but there are still both positive and negative factors to consider.

Weather And Water Resistance
They are built in such a way as to naturally allow rain or snow to run off the sides of the roof. This happens due to gravity, reducing weather-related problems that can occur when snow or water build up on the roof (such as in a flat roof design). Most gable roofs then have a gutter system in place to ensure that the runoff of water is directed away from the house.

Additional Attic Space
High pitched gables can provide added headroom in the attic space. The recommended pitch for a gable roof is about 25 – 45 degrees, which is the best angle for effective runoff of water. The more the roof is pitched, the more headroom that exists within the attic space. By adding a few dormer windows, this space can often be converted to usable living space.

Drawbacks Of Gable Roofs

Maintenance
Due to their sloped design, they require more maintenance than other roof styles. They require roof vents and often require vent fans to help keep heat and moisture trapped below the roof from building up.

Wind Resistance
The slopes of these roofs are more susceptible to wind damage than some roof styles and are not recommended in areas prone to excessive winds.

Looks
These roofs are not as attractive as some roof styles, although they offer the most traditional and quintessential “roof look.”