Australia is full of different roof tops, each with their own style and functionality. The type of roof top you have can depend on climate, aesthetic, and the overall location of your house. Want to know how your roof top fares against others? Find out more information below so you can compare and reflect.
Hipped roofs are one of the most common roof tops in Australia. They are defined by having three or more angles/planes in their structure, which all connect to the roof with a horizontal join. Hipped roofs are common in Australia due to their adaptability for all weather conditions. Their eaves shade windows, helping homes stay cool in the rough, Australian heat. The pitch of hip roofs also makes them strong against wind and even cyclones. This is why hip roofs are often seen in coastal areas, as well as urban suburbs. Hipped roofs are also easy to maintain thanks to their high durability. However, because of their pitch, hipped roofs are probably not suitable to those who need lots of attic space. They’re also more susceptible to leaks and debris because of the shape of the roof valleys.
This type of roof is a little more traditional than others due to their triangular shape. Gabled roof tops have two planes that meet in the centre ridge line. Because of their steeped pitch, gabled roofs allow for more attic and ventilation space. They’re also suitable for areas with high rain and snow, as they’ll just slide right off. On the other hand, gabled roofs aren’t durable against high winds. If you have a gable roof, make sure the supports are constructed properly, otherwise the roof risks collapse. It’s also important you make sure that roof materials are properly installed, as they can easily peel off on gabled roofs.
Mostly seen on modern homes and apartments, flat roof tops are basically as the name suggests, with little or no pitch. They’re very economical, as they’re cheap and easy to install. Flat roofs also allow for a lot of roof space. However, because they have no pitch, rain and debris aren’t able to slide off of flat roofs. This can result in pooling, which can lead to water damage. If you live in an area that has high rainfall, flat roofs aren’t recommended for you. Even though they’re cheap to install, the damage caused to flat roof tops can result in heavy repair costs.
Skillion roof tops are similar to flat ones, in that they have a flat surface. However, they’re pitched more at an angle, which gives it a modern, yet convenient appearance and functionality. Their steep pitch allows skillion roofs to runoff rain and debris, and they’re also economically beneficial due to their cheap and minimal roof materials. However, due to their design, skillion roof tops may result in low ceilings, so make sure you install them efficiently.
Curved roof tops are one of the more unique styles. Modern curved roofs are usually installed with thick, metal materials. Curved roof tops can suit any style of house, making them very flexible to install. This can allow you to install it to suit your climate. For example, if your area is prone to rain, curved roof tops can make the water slide off easily. While curved roof tops are easy to install, they can also be very costly due to their metal materials. Each cost will depend on the style of the house.
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