Saltbox Roof Pros and Cons

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A saltbox roof is a design that was used extensively in the Colonial era. Today, there are not a lot of newly constructed homes that have this type of roof design. Now, you will see this type of rooftop design on garages, sheds, and outbuildings rather than on homes. If you are thinking about building a saltbox roof shed, or garage, here are a few pros and cons to consider.

Stylish Design

When you see a building with the saltbox roof design it instantly distinguishes itself from other buildings. The sloping rear of the building looks good in both a modern or a rustic environment.

Construction Problems

Building a building with a saltbox roof is a little more complicated than your traditional truss roof. You must make sure that the pitch of the roof coincides with the walls that are used to frame the rear of the building.

Great for Northern Climates

Because of the asymmetrical design of the saltbox roof, it is a great option for people living in the northern climates where rain and snow are plentiful. This design allows for the snow to be removed easily by either runoff or through the ease of access without valleys and areas where snow and ice can build up.

Difference Use of Space

With this unique design to a roof, there is one major tradeoff. Since it slopes to the rear of the building you are going to have an interior ceiling that slopes. This means that while you can still use the space for small items, you will need to plan carefully when storing items.