Roof Types Omaha, NE Area
If a roof has a triangular shape with a peak, it’s called a gable roof, also known as a pitch or pitched roof. The triangle at the shortest end of the building where the two roof slopes form the pitch is called the gable. Variations include a crossed gable, in which a cross shaped building has four gables, a front gable where a gable faces the street, or a Dutch gable roof, which is a combination of gable and hip roof types.
Advantages of Gable Roofs
A pitched or gable roof is great at shedding snow and other precipitation because the roof sides have a slope, or pitch, that allows gravity to pull water to the ground. The design of this type of roof also creates a ventilation and storage space underneath. While they need proper support for high-wind areas, gable roofs are durable and offer superior weatherproofing. Their relatively simple design also keeps construction costs under budget.
Common materials used on gable roofs
Because they have a downward slope from the peak to the edge of the roof, a gabled roof requires expert roof installation, but it will take a variety of roof materials. Asphalt shingles work very well on a gable roof, and they’re also an economical choice. Metal roofing sheets provide excellent protection on this type of roof as well because the ridges between panels encourage water runoff. Even roof tiles can provide style and UV protection on a gable roof.
Also known as a hipped roof, this roofing design includes a sloped roof section on every exterior wall of the house that slopes up to a central ridge. This inward slope is very stable and works well with square buildings, but it can also be crossed, where two hipped roofs meet in the middle of the building. You can also combine gables with a hip roof for a variety of roof styles.
Advantages of Hipped Roofs
The stability of having all sloped roof pieces means a hip roof is a sturdy and durable option that will withstand storms. The slopes allow snow and water to run off properly, and though the attic is smaller than in a gable roof, there is still plenty of space for storage or even living, if say a dormer roof is added. Consult with professional roofing contractors for the best design for your building.
Common materials used on hip roof
Because they’re somewhat similar to gable roofs, a hipped roof can take many different types of roofing materials, from shingles to ceramic tiles. This only means that a property owner needs to consider other factors like style and budget. Tiles, shingles, and metal roofing offer a ton of customization options as far as finishes and lasting color. With budget in mind, asphalt shingles are the most economical, while metal roofing solutions aren’t far behind.
A roof is said to have a low slope when the central ridge of the roof isn’t much taller than the top of the exterior walls. Having some slope to the roof still allows for precipitation to slide onto the ground, but the low pitch of the roof means it resists higher winds and more extreme weather. Having less construction of supports and other design elements under the roof can also lower roof installation costs.
Advantages of Low Slope Roofs
A low slope roof is ideal for places with high winds, as the shorter roof provides less resistance, but it’s a tradeoff for less usable attic space. A roof with a low slope or pitch is also good for locations that get more sun, as this roof type offers high UV resistance and good insulation, depending on the roofing material used.
Common materials used on low slope roofs
While materials common to hipped or gable roofs like shingles can be problematic on a low slope roof, there are many roofing materials that are ideal for a low pitch roof. The most common material used in this type of roof is called an asphalt build up roof, which is when roofing professionals install many layers of asphalt sheeting, plastic sheeting, and other barriers to create a roof with a low rise in the middle, superior UV resistance, and weatherproofing.
A roof is said to have a steep slope when the central ridge is high above the tops of the exterior walls, creating a high pitch. Also called a high pitched roof, this type of roof design is great for water runoff and ventilation, and the extreme angle of the roof sides mean that there is a large attic or living area underneath. Roof types like gable or hip roofs can also be constructed with a steep slope to allow for design details like dormers or front gables.
Advantages of Steep Slope Roof
A roof with a high pitch is very advantageous in places with a lot of snow or rain because the shape naturally creates runoff. A steep slope roof also creates a large attic or living space with excellent ventilation that helps keeps energy costs lower. With proper support, a steep slope roof can also be very durable and stable, and can create a striking look, depending on the type of material used on the roof.
Common materials used on Roofs with a Steep Slope
Having a slope on a roof is actually helpful when installing roofing materials because it allows for even distribution of weight. A steep slope lets roofing professionals attach materials like asphalt shingles or slate tiles without their weight sitting on the interior supports. Metal sheet roofing can also be a beautiful and economic choice for a steep slope roof because it comes in so many lasting colors.
Common on commercial buildings, a flat roof has the lowest slope of all roofing types. While it does come with problems like water collection, a properly installed flat roof is very useful when the surface needs to be walked on to repair HVAC units or signs. Flat roofs are also obviously very wind resistant and can offer excellent energy efficiency and UV protection that lasts for years with minimal maintenance.
Advantages of Flat Roofs
A flat roof is often a very economical construction choice for a commercial building, so cost is a major advantage to this roof type. Ease of installation also contributes to a lower cost, though a flat roof needs regular inspections to prevent leaks. Having a roof that can be walked on is also an advantage in residential buildings because it allows for patio space above the building.
Common materials used on flat roofs
Polymer sheeting is a must on flat roofs, as roofing sheets provide a barrier for moisture that’s lightweight and sealed completely for superior weatherproofing. Often, plastic barriers are built up and topped with some kind of asphalt and substrate mixture, applied hot or cold, that provides more weatherproofing as well as excellent protection from UV rays.
The Arcosanti, Inc Difference
No matter what kind of roofing service you need in the greater Omaha, NE area, Arcosanti, Inc has you covered. Our commitment to superior service and workmanship starts from the very beginning with a detailed inspection of your site to determine whether you need a reroof or a new roof. Then we work with our valued local NE customers to determine the best type of roof for your commercial business or residential property. Whether that’s a steep gable roof on a private home or a flat roof on a commercial property, our expert roofing contractors will work efficiently to install a new roof with quality roofing materials. We’ll honor our commitment to our local Omaha area customers all the way through to the clean up to leave your property beautified and protected for years to come.