Gambrel roofs are commonly associated with barns but the angular roof style can also provide a great functional accent to a home when perched atop a set of dormers. Gambrel roofs add even more natural light and living space to the standard dormer and add quite a bit of visual interest to the front of your home.
If you are replacing the roofing material on your main roof and dormers, understanding the pros and cons of the gambrel roof shape can help determine your overall best material. There are a few materials in general that work best on a gambrel dormer roof.
Working on a tight budget? Ask your roofing contractors about using asphalt shingles on your project including the gambrel dormers. The affordable roofing material is also lightweight, which is a great selling point for gambrel roofs, which have few support structures and can suffer weight-related cave-ins if you use too heavy of a roofing material.
Worried that asphalt shingles will look boring or inexpensive? Ask your roofing contractor to see samples of asphalt shingles crafted in a variety of styles that include replica wood shingles or slate tiles and a wide range of color options.
Waterproofing is a concern during any roofing project but can become a primary concern when dealing with dormers with gambrel roofs. The angles of the roof and the place where the dormer windows meet with the roof are all vulnerable to water leaking.
There are a couple of different ways your roofer can ensure that the dormers and your main roof are adequately waterproofed. Metal flashing is a smaller scale option that can be used with any type of roofing. The flashing is small, bendable pieces of metal that can be used to waterproof only those tricky meeting points. Another roofing material can then be installed over the flashing.
The other option is to use metal roofing as your main material. The metal roofing slats snap together to form waterproof seals across your entire roof and the slickness of the material makes it easier for water to run off the roof and into your drainage system.
Wood Shakes or Shingles
Slate and clay aren't great roofing materials for a gambrel dormer roof but that doesn't mean you don't have any classic roofing materials available. Wood shakes and shingles are lighter in weight and can help bring out the rustic nature of the gambrel dormer roofs.
While wood shingles aren't great at getting around the tricky corners for waterproofing, the shingles can help out metal flashing. The thick shingles are laid in a way that allows water to drain down between the shingles without becoming trapped or causing water damage.
To learn more, contact a company like Angle Ridge RemodelingShare