The roof design of the warehouse you choose will have a big influence on the appearance of your warehouse. Take a few moments to review the five major styles to make sure that you end up with a shed roof that you feel comfortable with.
- The simplest design is the mono-pitch or pent roof.
This type of roof is a gentle slope to encourage rainwater to flow. When building a house extension this style is also known as a ‘shed roof’. This type of roof is useful where the overall shed height is controlled by the local city council. A point to watch here is that the covering is waterproof for the low roof slope.
- The gable roof is a style we are all familiar with.
This type of roof has a central ridge and equal slopes downwards either side of the ridge. Make sure with this design that the covering can cope with the roof slope. Clay tiles often need a minimum roof pitch of 35 degrees (8 in 12), asphalt tiles with underlayment about 18 degrees (4 in 12).
- The Saltbox roof is a popular style in the United States.
With this style, the ridgeline of the roof is displaced to about one-third of the way back from the front wall and the roof will typically have equal slopes of 12 in 12 on each side. Watch out when this style is used on pre-made sheds, the basic formula is often tampered with. making the shed look unbalanced and out of place.
- The Gambrel or barn roof is often known as a colonial Dutch barn.
This type of shed has a central ridge, each side starts off sloping gently and then about midway along the roof the slopes increases steeply. The great thing with this type of shed is the extra headroom at the eaves. The extra headroom can be benefited from in two ways:
For low wall sheds the whole shed has a light airy feel. Using a higher sidewall the ground floor can be fully utilized and a loft space created above for additional storage.
- The hipped roof style is often considered the most attractive.
The hinged roof is similar to the gable style but the tip of the roof slides to the ridge rather than being a vertical face. The hipped ends to reduce the visual bulk of the shed and are an attractive architectural feature. Hip roof styles are often used in summer homes where roof storage is not a strong requirement, they can be slightly more complex to build than gable, but to my mind well worth it.
Unique Roof Designs
As roof technology advances, more and more homeowners and businesses want to make a statement with a unique roof design. Certainly, you can work with an avant-garde architect who designs a true one-of-a-kind roof, but this might not be the most cost-effective option. Conversely, an experienced builder will recommend that you use shapes, styles, and materials to develop your own unique design. Indeed, there are many different shapes and styles that can be highlighted using interesting materials.
Your vision is an important component of developing a unique design. Ideally, your roof needs to match the rest of the structure, but you certainly have a lot of flexibility when it comes to the type of roof you install. One recommendation is to consider different architectural influences and how that might impact your design. From modern flat styles that offer opportunities for rooftop gardens or patios to traditional Tudor-style homes that are represented by steeply peaked roofs, past designs can actually influence your future vision. Moreover, the unique design doesn’t need to be a new invention; it just needs to represent your unique style.
Types of Roof
To this end, it’s important to consider the standard types of roof. From flat and sloped roofs to pitched, gabled, and hipped roofs, there is a wide variety of types. Moreover, the defining features of the different types can actually be mixed-and-matched to create a seemingly one-off design. By working closely with your architect and roofing contractor, you can use common types and combine them with interesting materials in order to create a roof that stands out in your neighborhood.
Roofing materials are critical to developing a uniquely styled roof. In fact, even the most classic style will have a very unique feel in the correct context. For example, thatch roofing isn’t as popular as shingle roofs, so a thatch roof in an urban setting would be truly one-of-a-kind even though it utilizes perhaps the oldest technology. Still, even utilizing different colors of shingles or choosing a different material altogether can give your roof a distinctive appeal. So, if you’re considering how to build a roof that stands out from the rest, all you really need to do is put some careful thought into the materials you choose.
Ultimately, unique designs may be developed from an architect’s artistic vision, but even using standard roofing styles and materials you can build a spectacular roof that is distinct yet attractive. Just be sure to work closely with a roofing professional so that you know your roof is ideally suited to your environment.