Roof Styles – Part 5
Pyramid roof. This roof looks exactly how you’d imagine it would, it has four equal sides that join together at the top — this is what causes the pyramid shape that it’s named after. Pros – the best thing about this roof is that it’s very durable and can easily deal with high winds. Cons – getting the designs right is important when you install a pyramid roof. If you want it to be as durable as it can be, each side needs to be exactly the same size. And because they need to meet in the middle, accuracy is vital.
Saltbox roof. This is a roof that has two slopes that meet in the middle but it’s not like any of the other roofs mentioned in this list. It has an asymmetrical design with one side of the slope is shorter than the other. Pros – the good thing about this design is that it creates a bit of extra space in the roof. It almost adds an extra half story to the home because one side is larger than the other. And there is no chance of the roof being damaged by water or even strong winds. Cons – so what’s bad about it? The actual design of this kind of roof can be pretty tricky. That can make the design and implementation of it a little more time-consuming and expensive. Also, the design means that rooms on the top floor will have slanted walls and ceilings.
Skillion roof. This roof only has one surface, it’s flat but it doesn’t lie flat across the top of the building. Instead, it slopes to one side but is not supported on either side by anything else — this type of roof is very commonly used on modern homes. Pros – because of the roof being one single, flat piece of material, they’re easy to put in place. The slope means that things slide off easily and they look great too. This aesthetic appeal is the most important thing for these kinds of roofs. Cons – some skillion roofs can have problems with high winds as well. This is something to be aware of before you choose to install one. If the slope is high, it can act as a barrier that the wind hits against in a heavy storm.