Homes are mere four walls without roofs. What’s the point of a shelter without a roof? Are you even going to be saved from Mother Nature’s ever changing temperament? The sole idea of having a new roof is to be protected and secure in any weather, which makes roofs an essential part of homes. And again, the roofs have to be sturdy, durable and strong too. There are a variety of roofs for houses of different types situated in different climatic conditions. You need to take a wise decision and then zero down to a roof type, which takes care of climatic conditions and yet, goes in sync with the rest of your home! We have listed the different types of roofs to help you figure out which one will suit your needs:
A flat roof has a very low angle of inclination (around 10°), that too, to ensure proper drainage of water. This kind of roof gives you ample space, and you can install your solar panels or even have an open terrace upon it. Flat roofs are perfect for homes located in arid climates.
If you love the eco-friendly stuff, this one’s for you! These are V-shaped roofs, extremely eco-friendly, keeping your home cool. They are expensive owing to their complex structure. But again, you’ll save a lot on those electricity bills. Apt for high drought areas, as these roofs provide the option of Rainwater harvesting too.
This is the most modern design incorporated into the roofing system. It looks more or less like a military bunker, only more polished and colourful. They are arch-shaped and give a different dimension to your home. Perfect choice for snowy and rainy areas.
You must have come across gable roofs in the good old Classics ( Anne of Green Gables). Giving a defined and elegant look to your home, these roofs are simple and cheaper than most other alternatives in roofs. They are great to drain off heavy snow and rainwater. You need to take care while fastening them though; else they cannot withstand stormy winds. These roofs give you ample of space utilisation below them. Apt for snowy and heavy rainfall regions.
Hip roofs have slopes on all four sides. These slopes then come together at the top and form a ridge. Hip roofs are considered to be a better alternative to Gable roofs, in terms of durability and sturdiness. Suitable for highly windy and snowy areas.
These roofs have a typical charm, which they pass on to your home too. They are super space savers because of their structure. They have a conventional structure, with a double slope and the lower one is steeper than the upper one. Not ideal for areas with excess rainfall.
Gambrel roofs are also known as Barn roofs. They have a look that’s similar to Gable roofs, but they cannot sustain strong winds, snow or hail storms. Typically suitable for dry and arid climates and should not be opted in case of extreme weathers.
You can also choose a combination of two or more of the above. It gives your home a different dimension altogether. Two or more roofs which go great with each other, both look-wise and weather-wise are great to go!
Research well and choose a roof keeping in mind the climate, and also the overall look of your home in mind.