Be an Informed Buyer-Do You Have a Gambrel Roof?

Most times home and business owners don't know what style of roof is found on top of their Lightweight Roofing Solutionshome or business. They might like its shape or appearance but aren't aware of the technical term used to describe their roof. That's usually not a big deal until the time comes for replacement. When that fateful day arrives, homeowners and business owners alike need to know the style of roof adorning the structure so they can choose the most appropriate roofing materials.

One roof type on some American homes is the Gambrel roof. These are roofs types that were initially used on barns because they give the structure more space for storing crops and animal feed. In a home, that extra space may be used for a bigger, loftier attic or bedrooms. The Gambrel is easily recognized by its two slopes, the lower one being steep and the higher one being more shallow. The overall appearance is very similar to a Mansard roof except that, while a Mansard slopes down on all four sides of a structure, the Gambrel only slopes down on two sides of a structure (as is the case with most barns). 

As with Mansard roofs, the steep slopes of a Gambrel style roof can pose challenges for the installation of natural slate roof tiles or cedar roof shingles. The light weight and design of our polymer tiles helps to overcome those challenges, in addition to providing the home with a durable, weather resistant "shield". 

Do you have a Gambrel roof tiled with DaVinci Roofscapes products? Please send pictures of your roof to share on this blog!

To learn more about how DaVinci Roofscapes products can beautify and protect your home, contact DaVinci Roofscapes by email or calling 1-800-328-4624 today.

Name: Mark
Time: Monday, June 2, 2014

I want to use your slate product on a gambrel roof. This is a barn with a 14/12 (lower rafter) and 7/12 pitch ( upper rafter) with the rafter tails being about a 6/12 pitch. What do I need to do when going from the tail to the lower rafter and the lower rafter to the upper rafter when using your product?
Name: DaVinci Roofscapes
Time: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your question. We have a fantastic Technical Services team that will be able to answer your questions. Please give us a call at 1-800-328-4624 and we will get you in touch with our Technical Services gurus.


The DaVinci Roofscapes Team

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