The roof is an important component of every house. Not only does it protect the house from harsh weather, but it adds an important architectural element to the home as well. The design of the roof adds to the style of the house as a whole. Depending on the shape and style of the roof it can make your home look more modern, contemporary or traditional. When determining the type of roof you want, you must first determine the overall style you are looking for. This article discusses different styles of roof designs and the basics of both house and patio roof design for the DIY homeowner to build or fix up on their homes. There are a variety of types of roofs that will give your home a certain type of style. Wood shingle roofs add a tradition style to your home.
They are thick, provided a lot of protection and support, while at the same time casting shadows on the roof, giving a look of classic lines. If you are trying to achieve a contemporary look, you might consider building a flat roof. When designing the shape of your roof, make sure to add a slight slope to the plan to ensure that snow or rain is able to drain off of it. Slate roofs create an elegant, modern look. Simple, dark slate tiles can be added to your roof to give a simple, beautiful look that everyone will enjoy. A metal roof will give your home a country Victorian look. The sleek vertical lines created by the metal surface combine with Victorian fretwork add a homey touch that is beautiful to look at. If you are looking for a more bold design, consider tile roofs.
The reddish color contrasts well with white walls, creating a look that commands attention and is aesthetically pleasing. The type of design you choose for your roof should match the style and landscaping of your home. Before beginning to build your roof, you must consider a few basic features to include. When building a roof or patio awning you are going to want to make sure that there is some sort of slope incorporated into the construction. Roofs are designed to keep water from rain and snow out of the house, protecting us and our belongings from damage. But in order to completely protect your home from water damage, you must add a slight slant to your roof. The degree of the slope varies between 5 degrees and 45 degrees, 5 being fairly flat and 45 degrees being very steep.
If you live in an area that receives a lot of rain, you will want to have a roof with a higher slant that those in areas with low rainfall. This prevents water from building up on top of your house leaking through. For those homeowners living in areas that receive a lot of snow, you will want a steep roof as well to ensure that the snow does not pile up on top of the roof and falls off easily. The slant of the roof determines the types of materials you can use, and thus the overall design of the roof. The best materials for a flat roof are tar and gravel. Tar is very good because it produces a seamless cover over the house that prevents water from leaking in and protects against UV damage. Gravel is also good to protect the house from the sun and it helps to hold roofing materials down in high winds.
For roofs with a high slope, the best materials to use are asphalt, metal or wood shingles, clay or concrete tile, and metal panels. Asphalt shingles are the most popular material to use for roofing because they are inexpensive, easy to install, easy to maintain, and light weight. In addition, asphalt shingles come in a variety of textures and roof colors so you can achieve the right look for your home. When determining what type of material you are going to use for your roof, make sure it is compatible with the slope of your roof. You can take a trip to your local home improvement store to look at all of the options and have a sales representative guide you in making the right choice. Once the design of your roof and the materials you are going to use to build it is determine, you can begin to build the roof to turn your house into the beautiful dream home you’ve always wanted.