Gabled roofs have a classic architectural style with two upward-slanting sides meeting at a pointed peak. The sometimes steep slope of a gabled roof offer great water runoff and provide more living space in the upper areas of your home. But the size and shape of the roof also makes the roof more vulnerable to wind damage.
Shopping for a new roof for your home or business with a gable roof? Here are some of the best roofing materials for that shape that you can discuss with your roofers.
Wood shingles, also called wood shakes, are typically made of cedar and can be stained a wide range of colors. The thick, textured appearance of cedar shingles can give a gable roof a classic almost storybook look.
Advantages of wood shingles include added insulation for your upper floors and an installation pattern that allows water to easily flow through the shingles, which will further aid the natural water runoff qualities of the gable roof. The weight and layout of the shingles also make wood shingles less vulnerable to flying off in a wind storm, which is a risk with asphalt shingles.
On the downside, wood shingles are a higher maintenance roofing material, as the material is vulnerable to insect damage and potential contraction and constriction damage from changing temperatures. Wood also isn't as fire resistant as other roofing materials.
Clay shingles or tiles are elegant and eye-catching even when the tiles are a subdued shade of red or brown. The tiles are extremely low maintenance since insects and weather have little effect on the material.
The clay shingles are quite heavy and so are not at risk of blowing away in a windstorm. On other types of roofs, the weight of the shingles plus the potential weight of any snow or standing rain can require extra support beams under the roof. But a gable roof's ability to quickly rid itself of moisture or snow buildup makes the support issue less of a risk.
Downsides of the tile include a high cost due to the material itself and the specialized insulation. Clay tiles are also somewhat fragile and can break if a gutter cleaner or satellite installer steps heavily on the tiles or a large branch collides with the roof.
Gable roofs are sometimes only on one area of your home while a connecting wing has a hipped roof with more angles. When there are so many different angles coming together, waterproofing can become trickier and standing-seam metal roofing becomes a better option.
Standing-seam metal has that name due to the raised edge that is on the side of each strip of metal. When the strips are connected, those edges go together to form a higher seam. The airtight snapping together helps waterproof even the trickiest of angles while also creating a valley between the seams that can better help water runoff.