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Types of Roofs

Roofs are a major component that also has major waterproofing and structural elements for any building. It is one of the core features in a building envelope. It is in this connection that most architects and engineers focus on. With improved technology, there are many varieties of roofs from which to choose from, including solar roofs and new single ply membrane roofs such as TPO and PVC. For instance there are the traditional thatched roofs and the ultra-modern architectural roofs. The design of a roof is highly dependent on the building as well, for example a church slate roof is bound to be different from the shingle roof of a residential apartment. Similarly, the flat built up roof roof of a skyscraper will certainly be different from  a clay tile roof at a beach resort. However, all roofs serve the same purpose in keeping your home waterlight and energy efficient. There are many different types of roofing styles and materials that can suit your needs. S. Here are some of the different styles of roofs that you can opt for and the materials that best serve those types of roofs.

The Mansard Roof

Orginitating in France,  this stepp roof has a minimum of four slopes, two on either side of the house. The slopes are divided into the upper slope and the lower slope. In this case, the lower slope is much steeper than the upper slope hence preventing its exposure. This kind of roofing offers you a large amount of space at the tip of your house. This also improves heating. The most common types of materials for mansard roof are slate and synthetic slate, shingles, and metal. 

Saltbox Roof

This kind of architectural design is rather interesting and quite appealing to the eye in its different shape. The roof is longer on one side and shorter on the other side. One side can be one story high while the other side can reach up to two stories high. This type of roof can have slate, metal including copper roofing and shingle materials. 

Gambrel Roof

It has some Dutch characteristic in its design and resembles the Mansard roof. It has vertical gambles which tend to make it hang over the face of the home. You see a lot these roof in the countryside of Virginia and Maryland. This type of roof can have slate roofing, metal like standing seam including copper roofing and shingle materials. 

Pyramid Roof

Just as the name shows, this one is rather unique as it is smaller and resembles the ancient Egyptian pyramids. Because of their smaller size, they are normally preferred on smaller structures such as the garage and around pools. This type of roof can have slate, metal including copper roofing and shingle materials. 

Flat Roof

The most common roofs for townhomes and city folk. The design is pretty simple to construct. A part from the simplicity of the structure, the roof is also much safer if you need to climb on it. It however requires high maintenance as the roof tends to collect debris at a much higher rate than the other roofs and has standing water issues if not well done. This can be prone to leaking. This type of roof in Washington DC also tends to be combined with the mansard roof for the front. Flat roofs, combined with metal coping on the parapet walls are one of our strongest suits. Using tapered insulation, roof drains, and a wide array of materials such as modified bitumen, EPDM, TPO, PVC or other silicone based products we can start and finish most townhomes within a few days.  Flat roofing is a speciality and if you don't know how to do it, it can turn into a leaky mess and which can ruin your days you wish to stay in during rain. These roofs are tricky, but also provide a great surface to build a roof top deck or add solar panels to. 

 

 

Some other common types of roofs may include: the cross gabled roof, arched roof, skillion roof and the hip roof. 

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