Roofs are perhaps the most important part of any building, and although you might not think about it much, they are an essential part of everyday life in the modern world. The roof of any building will always protects you and all of your valuable possessions from the outside world; the wind, rain, snow, and hail, as well as keeping the cold out.
Roofs have been built for thousands of years by people all around the world; every culture has its own unique buildings and designs, but everyone will always need a cover on the building. You never notice how important a roof is until it leaks, it’s very important to do some basic maintenance.
There are many different types of roofs; some are a steep V shape, others are flat and some are designed by architects to be abstract and add to the design of a building.
Gabled roofs are the most popular and found on buildings worldwide, they are cheap and easy to construct, reliable and are great at dealing with rain and bad weather. Gabled sometimes have more gables protruding out with windows, and use simple roof trusses.
Hip/hipped roofs are typically found on bungalows, where all of the sides slope downwards to the walls with a gentle slope. These roofs have no gables or vertical sides to it. Hip roofs are self-bracing against the wind and their streamlined design helps to enhance this effect. Hip, however, offer very little attic space.
Mansard roofs have two distinct traits, steep sides, and a double pitch. They provide maximum use of the interior space of the attic and offer a simple way to add more floors to a building. The gambrel is similar to Gable roofs but has the two longest sides in the Mansard style, as seen on many American barns.
Flat roofs are usually found in drier parts of the world, where there isn’t such a demand to protect from the weather. Homes with flat roofs can become very hot in sunny weather, and are sometimes painted with special sun-reflective paints or covered in water to help cool them down.
Creating a roof truss design starts with a sketch, normally done by an architect. The sketch of the ceiling is drafted first followed by the roof truss, showing how it will support the walls and roof of the structure.
Roof trusses provide stability and support to roofs and evenly distribute the weight away from the walls of the house. The shape of roofs on most houses depends on the shape and style of the roof truss design.
Roof trusses are usually triangular in shape providing the best stability and support. While building a house deciding which style of roof to have should not be chosen on looks alone, there are important factors that were to be considered, like the stresses the building may encounter and its location. Most home builders get roof trusses from specialist manufacturers, as it is very labour intensive. Sometimes they have to be built on site if delivery is an issue or the design is a specific type of size that is not readily available.
If you require more information on roof trusses, their importance in structure, and their many aesthetic benefits, then do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at Aber Roof Truss.