Gilmat. Interior. November 03rd , 2017.
A gambrel roof is remarkable for its two slopes, out of which one is shallower and the other is steeper. The name of gambrel is originated from the back portion of a leg or ankle of a horse. The gambrel roof plans are commonly found in houses, as well as large farm buildings. The gambrel roof design makes the roofs easy to frame. This roof type is also known for its great drainage capability.
On the other hand, there is a gable roof that is also a common roof type aside from gambrel roof. Unlike gambrel, gable roof has 2 sloping pieces that are parallel on either side of the farm building or house. If you are constructing a new building, you may need to choose between these two roof types. In general, it is a matter of weather, size, and price.
Both gable and gambrel roof can withstand typical winds and rain, sleet or snow. The gable shed roof, however, is a simpler design with slightly more open areas compared to gambrel on the outside walls. Therefore, the walls are slightly more exposed to the elements. On the other hand, gambrel or barn style roof with its steeper slope and pitch makes it less capable in withstanding high winds or heavy snow fall as well as other styles for roof. Gable roof can prevent mold and mildew due to its better water run-off system, making it a better choice if you live in an area with a lot of snow or rain.
Storage is the common reason why a shed is purchased for the backyard. This way, you need to closely consider the amount of space each has. With gambrel roof, the shed thus comes with more head room, so you can optimize the extra overhead space to extend the storage capacity. Thus, if the shed is used to store art supplies, craft or construction materials, or boats, this roof type will make an excellent choice.
Last but not least, price should be considered when you’re choosing between gable and gambrel roof. Gable shed roof is a good choice of you are looking for the most inexpensive choice. As for the gambrel, the price is usually higher than its gable counterpart. Even so, remember that price shouldn’t be the only guiding factor, unless you are looking for something truly basic to install and provide protection to your backyard shed.
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