What is a gable roof?
roofs are the kind of roofs children draw when they sketch their
family homes. These roofs have two sloping sides that connect together at a ridge, which
creates end walls that form a triangular extension at the top called
a gable. The build of the gable and how it’s decorated and detailed
depend on the structural system used, which reflects the climate of
the area, available materials, and cultural aesthetics. Roofs of
traditional Malay houses are modeled in the gable fashion in order to
provide shade and protection from the tropical climate and for good
ventilation. Extended frames with ornaments on the edges of the roofs
are quite common. For example, the vernacular Malay roof is best for
hot and humid climates. If you’re looking for inspiration for this
style of roof, an exemplary model can be found in the design of Ruman
Lipat Kajang, or a pyramidal style pitched roof can be found in
Malaysia on structures like the Palembang Rumah Limas.
are some common gable roof styles?
is quite unique in that it consists of a few different gable roof
designs throughout the country. The most common gable styles are the
box, cross, and Dutch gable roofs.
roofs are the roofs we know best, as it’s closest to the standard
gabled roof–the only difference is the triangular section of the
design is distinguished more in the box style. They have a triangular
extension at each end of the house and boxed at the end is the roof
gable roofs are comprised of two or more gable rooflines that bisect
at an angle, most commonly with the two ridges set perpendicular to
each other. Homes with this design tend to have more complex and
ornate layouts because of the change in shape the cross design has on
the home’s structure and tend to have separate sings, a larger
porch, or even an attached garage.
gable roofs are an amalgamation of the gable and hip roof. A hip roof
(or hipped roof) is a roof where all sides
slope gently down to the walls. Normally, hip roofs have no gables or
other vertical sides to the roof, which is what makes the Dutch roof
so unique. The typical design places the gable roof on top of the hip
roof, which provides more space within the home.
materials should I use and how much will it cost?
a few different materials you can use for your gable roof, each with
its own up and downsides.
tiles: When it comes to roof tiles, clay
tiles are pretty common in warmer climates, as the Terra Cotta color
matches perfectly with the environment and ups the curb appeal of
your home. The biggest upside to clay is its durability–you can
expect these tiles to last you a good 100 years. The downside,
however, is its heaviness. Expensive internal structural
enhancements, such as roof trusses, are often needed in order to
support the extra weight of the clay. Prices for clay will vary
depending on the brand you choose, as well as the size and location
of your home, but a general estimate of cost is approximately 42-64
MYR per square foot. Naturally, clay tiles cost about 30% more than
their concrete counterpart.
tiles: Concrete are not as susceptible to
damage from freezing temperatures like clay tiles are, and therefore
can be used in almost any climate, which is a big selling point for
this material. Concrete tiles are more prone to stains than clay and
have about half the lifespan of clay, giving you only 30-50 years.
The average cost of concrete tile is 20-30MYR per square foot.
sheeting: When you’re looking for energy
efficiency and durability, metal roofing could be the best choice
for you. This sheeting basically pays for itself in that there is
little to no maintenance for a lifelong brilliant appearance, plus
it saves you money on energy costs. But because this material is so
heavy-duty, it’s a bit on the costlier side, averaging between
40-80 MYR per square foot. The cons for this material, aside from
cost, is that it can collect snow and echo during loud rainstorms,
which Malaysians should be mindful of.
shingles: Asphalt shingles come at a great
price and are very easy to install. The average roof totals about
3200 MYR. When it comes to the cons, this style is relatively
ordinary and lacks the energy efficiency and environmental
friendliness of other roofing types. Asphalt can also rip apart from
your roof during high winds and they get extremely hot when sitting
in the sun.
shakes: Cedar is a popular hardwood choice
for shingles and can last about 30-50 years when properly
maintained. Wood shingles in general are fairly durable as roofing
material, but do require some extra TLC. This material is chosen for
its natural aesthetic, much like clay, and that is one of its
biggest pros, along with its ease of installation. Some cons include
the regular maintenance, and natural hardwood comes at a bigger
price than some of the other alternatives. Pricing averages about
the installation process like?
We here at
homify always love a good DIY project, but when it comes to your
exterior, we always recommend a good professional come in and do the
work. It’s easier and much safer when in the hands of one of our roofing companies.
top plates to all outside walls with nails.
and cut ceiling joists.
3. Cut a
your planks across the ceiling joists.
out the rise of the gable.
and cut rafter boards.
each pair of rafters, make a collar tie.
planks to the rafters with nails so that they run parallel to the
mitered planks to cover the ends of the gable.
tar paper to the planks.
asphalt shingles and roofing nails where necessary.
are the pros and cons of hip roofs and gable roofs?
aren’t many cons to the gable roof–just the fact that they are
not ideal for high winds or hurricanes. They are, however, built to
suit climates with wet and snowy weather, they’re more spacious
with attic or loft storage, and they’re cheaper and easier to
are more expensive than gable roofs and more materials are required
when building them. Leaks can also occur when not properly installed,
which is why we recommend a roofing expert. On the plus side, they
are excellent for high wind and snowy areas, they give extra living
and standing space for loft conversions, and they’re totally