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The Pros and Cons of Gable Roofs

A gable roof is arguably the most common roofing system and one of the most effective roof designs. Here’s a quick look at the pros and cons of this popular roofing system.

What Is a Gable Roof?

Sometimes referred to as pitched or peaked roofs, gable roofs consist of two planes that form a triangle; the part of the exterior wall directly under the peak is the gable. Several variations have stemmed from the basic design, such as cross gable, front gable and Dutch gable, which is a hip roof with a small gable at the top.

The Pros and Cons of Gable Roofs

The simple design makes the gable roof the ideal style for residential roofing; it’s less expensive to build, allowing fast and efficient installation. Note that simple roofs have fewer areas that require flashing, and therefore have less risk of developing roofing problems. As gable roofs are often steeply pitched, they shed rain and snow better than other roof types. They also allows easy expansion, perfect for homeowners looking into converting the attic space into another room. An additional window can be installed on the gable if needed.

Typically, a steep pitch makes gable roofs vulnerable to strong winds, especially at the edges. When choosing a new asphalt shingle roof, make sure the shingles are rated for at least 110 mph. It may also require longer gutter lengths, which would mean more seams that will require re-sealing from time to time. If this is an issue, consider investing in seamless gutters.

GAF Lifetime Roofing System

As a GAF Master Elite® contractor, we solve these issues by offering a wide selection of roofing products as part of the GAF Lifetime Roofing System. GAF’s roofing shingles are rated for 130 mph winds and use special adhesives to prevent wind lift. Their industry-leading warranties include coverage for up to Category 3 wind speeds as well as up to 50 years on material and 25 years on workmanship.

Learn more about our residential and commercial roofing services. Call All American Roofing today at (888) 786-0400 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free consultation. As an OKC roofing contractor, we serve Oklahoma City, OK and nearby areas.