The Pros and Cons of Having a Gambrel Roof The Pros and Cons of Having a Gambrel Roof

A gambrel roof has two slopes, out of which one is steeper and the other is shallower. The named 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 an excellent drainage capability.

Pros of Gambrel Roofs

  • Past legacy - During the era of colonial America, this was the standard roof used by the Dutch and Georgian style homes. Thus, people following this roof design are associated with either of them. 
  • Easy 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. 
    • Cost - These roofs are not only easy to build. However, they are time and cost saving too. 
    • 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

    • Weather - These roofs are not ideal or advisable in areas that experience snowfall, heavy winds, and heavy breezy weather as it is not tough enough to handle the pressure.   
    • Durability - Gambrel roofs demand frequent maintenance. They need to be made durable, painted and protected on a time-to-time basis. 
    • Facing - South facing heavy winds and rain can harm the roof top area. 
    • Discrimination - It is not very easy to differentiate between gambrel roofs and bold roofs that posses change in affix designs.

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