The two steep sides and sharp peak of the gable roof makes it one of the most recognizable roof styles. A gable garage roof can compliment a main house roof of nearly any style and also offer added space in the loft-area of a taller garage. The pros and cons of the gable garage roof become important when you're considering a roof replacement and need to discuss your chosen roof repair material with roofing contractors.
Here are a few tips for choosing the best roofing material for a gable garage roof.
Low Surface Area, High Visibility
The surface area of a gable roof is relatively low due to the simplicity of the two sides. The steep angles of the sides and the lower height of most garages also means that the sides might be highly visible to people standing on your property or on the curb. This combination of low material supply and high visibility might make you choose a higher-end roofing material.
Wood shingles are a great choice for a gable garage roof as the shingles mirror the classic aesthetic of the roof. Wood shingles are textured cedar that can be stained a variety of natural hues that can help your garage better match the main house.
Slate tiles are another attractive option though you need to make sure your contractor checks that the roof has the proper bracing to support the weight of the tiles. The tiles are available in a few natural hues but can be laid in brick-esque patterns to customize the final look.
The steep, sloping sides of the gable can prove to be a wind magnet if there aren't windbreaks of some sort on each side. High winds traveling up the slopes can loosen or tear off lighter roofing materials such as asphalt.
Wood and slate are both heavier and less prone to wind damage. However, the force of the wind can add even more weight to the gable roof. If your roof doesn't have adequate bracing for the wind plus the roofing material, the roof is in danger of collapsing.
If you have your heart set on slate and your roof is under frequent wind pressure, consider planting trees on the sides of the garage to help minimize the wind that hits the roof. You can also plant the trees and use a cheaper roofing material like asphalt if you were planning to undergo a landscaping project anyway.
For a roof contractor, contact a company such as Suncastle Roofing Inc.Share
5 April 2016
One thing I never realized about roofing is what a difference it can make in the appearance of a home. The roofing on my home was more than 20 years old before we got around to replacing it. As we were working with our roofing contractor to choose the materials that we wanted to use, I learned quite a bit about the many, many options that we had to consider. Our blog will show you several of the options and provide you with facts about each type of material that you can use. Hopefully, what we have included here will help you choose the roofing that will look and perform the best on your home.