As a homeowner, you work hard to maintain the beauty of your home. But no matter how diligent you are about maintaining your home, over the years various parts of the house wear out and need to be replaced. One of the biggest replacement jobs is the roof, and the style of roof can influence the materials used as well as the overall cost.
The Mansard roof stands out for its elegance and old-world appeal, but the steep slopes can pose challenges when it comes to installation of some types of roof tiles. It gets its name from Francois Mansard, a seventeenth century French architect who used this type of roof on many structures. Various French chateaus that were built during the late 1700s feature Mansard roofs as do most of the late nineteenth century buildings in Paris.
A Mansard roof can be recognized by two slopes on all four sides of the roof. The lower slope is very steep and is usually punctuated with windows, whereas the pitch of the upper slope is so shallow that it can be hard to see from the street. These roofs became especially popular in nineteenth century Paris because they acted as a means of bypassing regulations that limited the heights of buildings to 65 feet. Since the height of the building was measured to the cornice line at the base of the roof, a Mansard roof made it possible to add extra height and living space.
Since the steep pitch makes it very difficult to install natural slate, most of the Mansard roofs in Paris are metal. However, the design and light weight of DaVinci's composite roofing material makes our polymer slate and shake tiles more than suitable for a Mansard roof.
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