What is a Gable Roof?

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A gable roof is designed to come to a point in a triangular shape, whether the gable is seen on the front and rear of the house or on either side. Understand the different pitches and designs of gable roofs with advice from a licensed remodeling contractor in this free video on home maintenance.

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Hi, I'm Tim Gipson. I'm going to talk to you about what a gable roof is. Now, essentially what a gable roof is, it's the roof that makes a triangle shape, so the roof comes up to a triangle shape, and you can have different types of gable. You can have a front end gable, where actually you're looking at it from the street, and you see the gable, such as this house right here, and then you can also have combinations, where you can have the gables on the end of the house, so in other words, they're on the sides, so they're on the sides, or they're on the front and rear. The gables are, gabled roof, they have different pitches. You can see anything from a 312 pitch, all the way up to a1212 pitch, depending on where you are. If you tend to be looking at homes, which are more in the northern hemisphere, you're going to find greater pitches to the roof line, into those gables, because of the snow, that actually you'll see a lot more steeper pitched roofs, which allows that snow to come off, and not collect on the roof, and create any additional weight on the structure, and then beyond that, when you get into southern regions, or mid-western regions, you're going to see a lot of different types of gabled roofs, that really just give you some different looks, architecturally. Gable roofs are really more style over function, although you're seeing a lot more come into play, as far as finishing out attic space, or putting in bonus rooms over garage, where you actually have vaulted ceilings, on the inside, so I'm Tim Gipson, with some information on gabled roofs.


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