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Roof types in the garages.

The roof is undoubtedly one of the most essential parts of the building. It protects from the environment and harsh weather and sheds water to the ground. Over the years, humanity perfected the roof structures to be practical, functional and authentically pleasant while still performing their primary purpose without compromise.

Nowadays, there are many different roof types, such as flat, hip, gable, gambrel mansard, cross-hipped and many more. Each roof type has advantages and disadvantages and serves a specific purpose. It will take us some time to go through them, so this article focuses on the most common types used in the garage - gable, reverse gable and hip.

Gable roof.

The gable roof is the most common roof type in the garages. This roof has two slopes, with the roof structure that consists of the regular gable truss running one way in the same direction. Gable roofs require less material and labour, making them the cheapest on the market to build. The advantages of the roof do not stop at a price. There are several benefits that this roof can provide, such as the installation of storage trusses that will gain some additional overhead space. Also, the gable roof provides adequate attic ventilation through the vented soffits and grill installation. Because all the trusses lay on the bearing side walls, this roof usually does not require complicated and expensive structural support at the garage door opening. Because there are only two slopes, the roof provides adequate water drain, and only two eavestroughs are required at the edge fascia.

Reverse gable roof.

A reverse gable roof is also a gable roof with two slopes. The difference between a gable and a reverse gable is that the trusses on the reverse gable roof run perpendicular to the garage door. Those roofs are typically installed where the side overhang is eliminated for one reason, or installing a vented soffit on the sides is prohibited by code. To increase attic air flow, the overhang with ventilated soffit is built on the back and front of the garage. The most common practice is where reverser gable types of roofs are the zero lot line. Zero lot line means that one of the garage walls is built on or very close to the side property line. Because the trusses in the reverse gable roof lay on the overhead garage door, the engineered beam is required above the door opening to hold those trusses. This can add up a cost to the garage construction. However, reverse gable roofs may provide better shelter at the back and front of the garage because the roof overhang is typically longer and lower on the sides than on the gable end.

Hip roof.

The hip roof is another common roof type used in garages. This type of roof has four slopes, meaning that all four sides are sloping. Hip roofs are structured with specially designed trusses. Typically, the hip roof's design and delivery process takes twice as long as the gable roof. Those roofs are harder to install and require more labour and material, thus significantly increasing the price of the garage. Hip roofs are meant to provide better protection from the weather because it has a decent overhang on all four sides. Not to mention hip roofs are considered more authentically pleasant by some. For example, if your house has a hip roof, you might want to build one on the garage to match. Corsac Construction Ltd. can guide you through some of the details of the hip roof and make all the arrangements for installing this roof in your garage.

Those are the primary and most common roof types used in the garage. You can see and decide which works best for your purpose. Of course, the design of your garage roof does not have to be limited by these three types. For example, you can match the roof to the house or build a mono or flat roof. Consult the builder to review more details and suggestions that fit your requirements.

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