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Gaithersburg Roofing: Article About Gable and Hip Roofs

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There are over a dozen different roofing styles that homeowners can choose from. They include a butterfly roof, a saltbox style roof, a pyramid hip roofing style, an M shaped style, a Dutch gable style and many more. Gaithersburg roofing professionals can attest to the fact that in the United States the two most common roofing styles are hip roofs and gable roofs.

Gable roofs can be identified by their pitched roof that causes them to have a triangle shape. This roofing style is popular in the United States because it can easily shed snow and water, adds more space to the home for attics or a second room, and it is easy to build because of its relatively simple design.

The downsides of a gable roof include problems with high winds and hurricanes. If the roofing structure, including the frame, is not adequately supported, it can lead to a roofing collapse. During high winds, it is not uncommon for roofing material to fly off gable roofs. In fact, if a gable roof is designed with too large of an overhang, strong winds will create an uplift and may actually cause the entire roof to separate from the walls.

To prevent this from happening, framers must guarantee that the correct braces are used.

The roofing experts at Seneca Creek Home Improvement of Gaithersburg can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, doors or siding.

It is recommended that homeowners have their roof inspected after a major storm or heavy winds to guarantee that no damage has occurred.

Gable roofs can be covered with just about any roofing material, including asphalt shingles, clay tiles and concrete tiles. Gabled roofs come in different varieties, including the side gable, the front gable, and the cross gable.

Hip roofs are characterized by slopes on all four sides. Every slope is of the same length and joins at the top to form a ridge. This style of roof has more stability than gable roofs as a result of the inward slope of all four sides. They are perfect for areas that receive a lot of wind, snow and rain. Hip roofs add additional living space to the home that can be used for an attic, vaulted ceilings or an extra room.

They have a complex design that requires extra building materials. This makes them more expensive to construct. Water penetration may occur at the seams if the roofing material, underlayment and waterproofing membrane are not all properly installed. Hip roofs come in multiple styles, including simple and crossed. This is a versatile roofing style, which can be covered with just about every roofing material.

Individuals who are thinking about replacing the roof on their home or who are involved in a new home construction have many styles to choose from. It is good to consider the pros and cons of each roofing style available.

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