The Pros and Cons of the Pyramidal Roof
Many roof styles are used in home construction in North America with each style having its own characteristic advantages and disadvantages. One particularly distinctive roof style is the pyramidal roof.
What is a Pyramidal Roof?
A pyramidal roof is a type of hip roof. A hip roof has no vertical sides or gables. Instead all the roof sides slope toward the walls. A hip roof is called a pyramidal roof when all the sides of the roof are equal with the resulting roof forming a pyramid. Unlike other hip roofs, there is no common ridge on the top of the pyramidal roof. Pyramidal roofs are most commonly seen on smaller buildings, such as cabins, bungalows, and other small residences, and on auxiliary buildings such as garages, pool houses, and similar structures.
The Advantages of the Pyramidal Roof
- Improved resistance to damaging winds. Due to their aerodynamic shape, a pyramidal roof is less likely to be damaged by high winds then most other roof styles. This improves home safety in areas where tornadoes, hurricanes, or other extreme wind conditions are a concern.
- Eaves on all sides. Because the roof overhangs on all sides, the added shade from the eaves helps keep the home cooler in warm weather. This can lower energy bills by reducing the amount of power the air conditioning needs to cool the home.
- Looks good. With its even sides and overhanging eaves, the pyramidal roof gives the home a striking and distinctive appearance. This roof style looks good from all angles.
The Disadvantages of the Pyramidal Roof
- Cost. A pyramidal roof can cost more to install or replace then other roof styles due to the increased surface area of the roof when compared to other styles. This can require more roofing materials and additional labor time.
- Less space. A pyramidal roof often created less usable interior attic space then other roof styles for the same sized home. This can make attic access more difficult and reduce the amount of usable storage space.
- Drainage and ventilation. A pyramidal roof generally does not shed water as well as a gable roof. This can make a pyramidal roof more likely to leak than a gable roof. A pyramidal roof is also more difficult to properly ventilate due to its basic design and construction when compared to a gable roof. Both of these problems can be partially overcome by careful construction and proper inspection and maintenance.
Like all roof types, the pyramidal roof has advantages and disadvantages. Your personal circumstances dictate whether it's the right roof for your home.
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