It’s not so easy to choose the right metal building roof type and we found out that most of the people have troubles considering what type of the roof they should have for their metal building homes. Roof type not only protects your home from the outside elements but also play a huge role of overall look of your home and even decides how much space you are going to have or lose inside your house. In this article we will try to describe most popular metal building roof types hoping that it will help you to make your decision on choosing what type of the roof you would like to have.
- Gable roof
Gable roof is classic that never dies. This metal building roof type is one of the most popular in US because of it easy and reliable construction. This type of the roof is perfect for rainy and snowy areas.
However there are some cons that you should think about before choosing this type of the roof for your metal building homes. It’s not recommended to have gable roofs in windy and hurricane areas. This kind of the roof construction is pretty tall comparing to other and it’s very important to have a high quality frame construction together with sturdy supports because in other way the roof cannot hold the strong wind or hurricane. It’s recommended to have a bigger than 40° angle of the roof in snowy and rainy regions.
2. Shed roof
Shed roof is also called skillion roof and it’s another option for metal building homes. This type of metal building roof usually is attached to a
tallest wall side and has a single slope. Pros of shed roof is easy construction that leads to a cheap price. Cons of shed roof is that the tallest wall is not protected from snow and rain also metal building homes with shed roof have limited design options.
It is recommended to have a bigger than 25° angle of the roof in snowy and rainy regions.
3. Hipped roof
Hipped roof in our opinion is one of the prettiest metal building roof types. It has equal slopes on all 4 sides and protects all walls from rain
and snow. Hipped roofs are more reliable than gable and shed roofs but of course that leads to a bigger price of the roof construction. The best thing that we like about hipped roof is that you can have taller ceiling on the top floor. It is recommended to have at least 19-27° angle of the roof in snowy and rainy regions.
4. Gambrel roof
Gambrel roof is usually seen on barns or farm houses. But this metal building roof is getting more and more popular for living houses as well. Gambrel roof is usually used on bigger houses, where extra space is very important. Roof construction is fairly simple, only two beams are
used, so it dramatically simplifies building process and this helps to keep the cost of the roof down. Same as gable roof, gambrel roof is not recommended in windy and hurricane areas because this type of the roof do not hold heavy pressure. However if you can’t imagine your house with other type of the roof and you live in windy area, make sure to reinforce trusses on the upper pitch.
5. Flat roof
Flat roofs are more popular in sunny and hot areas where it is not very important to protect your home from rain or snow. But more and
more often it happens to see such kind of metal building roof in other areas too.
Most people think that flat roofs are completely flat with zero degree angle, but this is not true, this kind of roof usually has around 5° angle for water run-off. It is not recommended to have such roof type in heavy snow areas, because construction of the roof might not hold the pressure. What we really like about this kind of roof is that you can have a huge balcony on the top of your house! Flat roof type is also perfect for having solar panels which is getting more and more popular nowadays.
Really good and simple explanation on different roof types: