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Roof Definitions

Roof Types



Roof Types

           Cross Tip                                Flat                            Gambrel                    Mansard               


        Shed                        Salt Box                               Pyramid


Hip with cross gables- A central hip with crossing gables will also have valleys.

Hip and gable or Dutch hip roof- A combination hip and gable where the hip ends partially up the gable.

Pyramid or hip roof- A roof built on a square or rectangle with base with eaves of the same length.  side opposites each other will be the same size.

Gambrel roof- A gable type roof with breaks in the planes commonly found on barns.

Gable- Two pitched roofs, back to back, forming a triangular roof.  The side's opposites each other may or may not be the sane size the ridge doesn't need to be centered it then becomes a salt box roof

Shed- A roof that starts at the eaves of the existing roof and continues at a lower pitch.  Most patio covers are shed roofs.

Hip on gable- A partial hip starts the lower section usually about half way up.  The roof then transforms into a small gable roof.  It looks like a gable roof sitting on top of a hip roof.

Cross gable roof- Pairs of gable roofs set a right angle to each other.  Dormers often create cross gable roofs.  The cross appears when looking down into the roof.

Mansard- A couple planed hip roof.  Very steep on the sides the sides are used as walls with a hip roof sitting on top.  Looks like a hip roof sitting on top of a gambrel roof.

Kicked eaves or partridge rail roof- A roof where the plane near the eaves is "kicked" to give a visor effect.

Hip roof- A gable roof with the ends brought together at the same pitch as the rest of the roof.

Salt box roof- Shed roof built onto a gable roof at the same pitch and width.

Flat roof- a single plane that is pitched at a low angle to shed water 1/12 pitch.





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