How To Choose The Right Roofing Style For Your Home

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Choosing the right roofing style for your home is important for its aesthetic integrity, property value and, in certain areas, to combat the weather.

A carefully chosen roof can also assist your energy savings. For example, Colorbond roofing and the shape can leverage storage space or functional space.

Roofing Style Decisions

There are key points to consider when making your selection, such as:

  • Will your roof be carrying solar panels or other eco-equipment?
  • Will you want to use its extra space in your family’s future?
  • Is your aim to choose the most cost-effective roofing above all else?
  • What is the architectural style of your home?
  • What is the prevailing style within the neighbourhood? (It is a recommended architectural practice to keep a building harmonious with its environment.)

To help you make the decision, here is an overview of the different roofing types available in Sydney.

Gabled Roofing

This is a classic, pitched roof style that has two angled sides with a triangular front and rear facade to the roof. This style can be affordable, and its simple shape makes it easy to construct.

Most roofs start with a gable shape and other pitches are added to it.

Most roofing materials can be used for this shape, including Colorbond, shingles, slate, clay, etc.

The shape leverages extra functional space, but the overhanging eaves are not good for extreme wind corridors.

Gable Types: side gables, crossed gables, front gables and Dutch gables.

Hip Roofing

Hipped roofs are the next most popular roof style, with four angled sides meeting at two ridges.

Hipped roofs have greater stability and shade the building more due to there being eaves on four sides.

A hipped roof can use a front gable to highlight an entrance.

Most roofing materials can be used for this shape, including Colorbond, shingles, slate, clay, etc.

The increase in complexity and size increases the budget needs.

Butterfly Roof

You might have seen this v-shaped on contemporary homes or commercial buildings. It two wings “in-flight” create a valley where the two lower ends meet.

It is a dramatic style that needs a contemporary styled building. It is excellent for simplifying rainwater collection into a reservoir.

The raised ‘wing’ shape permits bigger windows and increases your access to natural light and beautiful views but is more complex to build. The drainage and waterproofing also need to be of superior quality, with overspecifying being a recommendation.

Large windows tend to increase your energy bill, so it’s probably best to use this style in temperate climates.

Shed Roof

This roof has a single angle that is either connected to a taller structure or is a flat roof solution for a separate building.

Shed roofs are common for additions to existing homes and are a good choice for sheds and porches, but more contemporary style buildings may feature a skillion roof as a design statement.

A sharper angle will assist with dislodging snow build up.

They are cost-effective and very simple to build.

Colorbond and metal roofing is an excellent choice for a shed roof.

Curved Roof

A curved roof can also be connected to a taller structure or be a flat roof for a separate building.

The curve creates an arch with an angle that you and your architect can choose. It is a good option for an entrance or a contrasting addition. The raised ceiling that is achieved for the interior is interesting, as is the exterior silhouette.

Colorbond and metal roofing is the appropriate material for this roof.

They function excellently in high wind and snow zones.

Flat Roof

The angle of this roof is so slight that it appears to be totally flat. The angle is usually a maximum of ten degrees but frequently 5 degrees.

Most materials are suitable, but Colorbond, tar and gravel and zinc metal sheets are very popular, as are green roofs (planted roof).

A flat roof is an excellent base for a future deck, and it increases your entertainment space instantly as well as your property value. They are also an excellent base for heating and cooling units and are easy to access and walk on.

Green Roof

Growing a roof garden is good for the environment and insulates the home below!

Roof gardens on flat roofs are very beautiful but need maintenance and superior waterproofing. Flat roofs and garden roofs have a reputation for leaks and damage, so it is vital that the waterproofing is closely monitored by a third-party professional.

Boost your property’s value with new Colorbond roofing or other choices and call our team of experts for effective advice.

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