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Walkertown Roofing: Article About How Architectural Style Influences Roof Function

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When you are relocating to a new area, you probably have an idea about what architectural style you want in your house. For example, if you currently have a Colonial Revival style home, you might want your new home to have the same feel. This article explains what Walkertown roofing styles fare best. It also offers suggestions for the architectural types that reflect that particular style.

One of the features that set aside one particular house style from another is the roof. If you are moving to a completely new part of the country, you should understand how a roof interacts with the local climate. For instance, is the area you are moving into subject to regular seasons with heavy snow, or is it in an area with a high risk of hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes? In residential homes, the major roof characteristics are the degree of its slope, whether it is hipped or gabled, and the amount of eave overhang it has.

Roofs are generally either hipped or gabled. All four sides of a hip roof slope downward to the walls. A hipped roof allows gutters to be placed on all four sides. A gabled house has only two sides; the gabled ends of the roof are extensions of the outer walls and have a triangular shape.

Examples of architectural styles with hip roofs include Italianate, American Foursquare, and Colonial Revival.

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Italianate and American Foursquare houses often have wide eave overhangs. North Carolina is a high-risk area for hurricanes, so these styles are not suitable. The edges can catch the wind too easily and cause the roof to blow away.

If you have your heart set on one of these styles, do not lose hope. Hipped roofs are safer than gabled roofs in a strong wind, and there are measures you can take to make the roof safe.

Another important roof feature, especially in an area that is prone to hurricanes, is the slope. The slope, or pitch, of a roof is a measure of its vertical rise divided by its horizontal run. In the United States, this is expressed as a ratio, with the rise first (for example, 3:12), or as a fraction, with the rise in the numerator (3/12). In countries that use the metric system, it is expressed as a degree angle. You may also see it expressed as a percentage; 3:12 is equal to 25 percent. In a fierce storm, a steep roof is safer than one with a low pitch.

Architectural styles that have steep slopes are Queen Anne and Tudor Revival. Designs like Italianate, Ranch, Spanish Eclectic, or Craftsman Bungalow typically have a low pitch. If one of these is your favorite, then it can be made more safe by making sure the walls are strong, the trusses are adequately built, and the roof deck is strong and securely fastened. Multiple layers of moisture protection are also recommended.

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