Adding Gables To Your Roof: How It's Done And What You Can Expect When It's Finished

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Roofs with little to no pitch are not only somewhat boring to look at, but they are also problematic with ice and snow. If you are thinking about raising your roof by adding more gables (pointed sections on a roof), you might be wondering how it is done and what to expect when it is finished. The following information should give a clear picture about this roofing procedure and the dramatic results that accompany it.

Removing Your Existing Roof

The first thing your contractor will do is remove your existing roof. This may include any roofing framework or structures that exist underneath the shingles, roof underlay material and/or wood board. Since the entire attic or upper story of your home may be exposed to the elements, you may want to find alternative lodging until the roof has been reconstructed. After the whole roof has been pulled off and discarded, your contractor moves on to adding gables to your home.

Adding Gables

Adding gables is not quite as difficult as you might think, especially if your contractor is already starting with a flat or non-existent roof. Several peaked trusses are installed on the roof of your home, and where it is feasible and looks appropriate, smaller trusses are installed to create spaces for dormer windows or just to add height to the ceiling in specific rooms. In fact, most of the gable-work will probably be trusses and trusswork. Once all of the requested gables are in and the roof's height has been  sufficiently raised, then the contractor moves on to creating the flat surface areas on top of the trusses/gables. 

Finishing The Gables In Four Steps

With the new gables/trusses in place, your contractor and his or her crew then uses large flat sections of wooden board to create the ceiling over the trusses. On top of that, the roof underlay material is laid, followed up with the roofing material of your choice—shingles, metal roofing, and so on. Last but not least, very careful placement of eavestroughs and downspouts are placed to deal with melted snow and rainwater, which should all easily run downhill now that your roof has multiple peaks and slopes from the gabling trusses underneath. You now have an elevated, fully shaped, angular roof that adds dimension and interest to your home as well as a natural deflection ability and preventive measure for snow, ice and precipitation.

For more information, consider contacting a roofing company, like Berkeley Exteriors.