From the Architect's Corner - Gambrel Roof Style

Probably the best part of my job is learning about all the different styles of homes. When I first started working here, I would participate in these conversations with architects, contractors, builders and homeowners as if I knew I what I was talking about. Then when the conversation was over, I would hang up the phone and Google (yes it is a verb) whatever style of home or roof that was described to me. 

Today I want to talk about the homes with the Gambrel roof style (the style of the home is referred to as Dutch Colonial, but truly the shape of the roof is what defines this style). The Dutch Colonial, like many styles of homes, was brought over from Europe when the settlers started building homes in the Dutch Colonies of New England (starting in the 1700s). This style of home features a gabled roof that is a symmetrical, two sided roof that requires a steep slope roofing product. There are two slopes, with the lower slope being shallower than the upper.

When most people think of a Gambrel roof they picture a barn, but this roof style is a very efficient style for a home also, as the extreme slope maximizes the amount of space in the upper level of the home. If you are a fan of the paranormal than you may associate this style with the home located on 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York. 

At DaVinci Roofscapes, I have seen our luxury roof products installed on all styles, including this one. The picture below is of our imitation slate shingles in the Castle Gray Blend.

Castle Gray Blend Castle Gray

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