The Pros and Cons of Having a Gambrel Roof

Gambrel roof on a barn
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A gambrel roof has two slopes, of which one is steeper and the other is shallower. The name gambrel is derived from the back portion of a horse leg or ankle of a horse. The roof is commonly seen in houses and large farm buildings. These roofs are easy to frame and have excellent drainage capability.

Pros of Gambrel Roofs

  1. Past legacy - During the era of colonial America, this was the standard roof used by the Dutch and Georgian style homes. Thus, this roof design is associated with history from these times.
  2. Easily built up - The roofs can be easily constructed and allow more space for an upper floor. The roof is simple to frame out. The conventional Gambrel roof uses two roof beams but employs simple gusset joints.
  3. Cost - These roofs are not only easy to build but are time and cost-saving too.
  4. Style - The roof has two curved lines that present an uncomplicated and stylish look. The unwavering style looks satisfying and fashionable.

Cons of Gambrel Roofs

  1. Weather - These roofs are not ideal or advisable in areas that experience snowfall or heavy winds, as they are not tough enough to handle the pressure.
  2. Durability - Gambrel roofs demand frequent maintenance. They need to be made durable, painted, and protected on an ongoing basis.
  3. Facing - South facing heavy winds and rain can harm the rooftop area.