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Advantages and Disadvantages of Gable Roofs

Published on Wednesday December 1, 2021

When the time comes for a new roof, the decisions can get a bit overwhelming. From material to style to protection, there are just so many options on the market right now. A popular choice as of late has been the gable roof style.

Learn about the Advantages and Disadvantages of Gable Roofs.

What is a Gable Roof?

Gable roofs (also known as pitched or peaked roofs) are a roof style that typically has two large sloped sides starting at the ridge that extends all the way down to the end. These two sides meet to create end walls that look like a triangle. This is called the gable. This feature offers a stylish aesthetic look that has made it one of the most popular roof styles in the United States.

Because of this triangular shape, the gable is also known as the “A-shaped” part of the wall that rests between the two slopes. These aren’t always even — they can be different sizes based on the home or building size and shape. It’s not uncommon for some buildings to even have multiple gables.

These sloped sides on each side of the roof create the roof ridge (also referred to as the “top point”). For the gutters that rest on a gable roof, the size will depend on the size of the structure. Because of this, gable roof gutters are available in several different sizes.

A key piece of the gable roof structure is what is called the ridge board. The ridge board is at the highest peak and runs along the entire roof. It should be consistent with the exterior walls of the structure. Another piece of a gable roof is the rafters. These are beams that extend from the top in a downward slope. Another way to visualize the ridge board is to think about what common rafters are connected to.

Gable Roof Pros and Cons

It’s important to consider all the gable roof pros and cons when deciding on a roof for your home.


Simple Build

Roof projects can take quite some time to be fixed or repaired. However, a strong pro for a gable roof is that they are a pretty simple build, making the entire process much faster than other roof types would be.

Strong Drainage

Since the gable roof features a slope, it automatically serves as a strong drainage system. This is great for water and snow since the angled peak will simply let the precipitation slide off naturally.

Affordable Option

A roofing project is an investment. A large pro for a gable roof is that since it is such an easy build, using more affordable materials and spending less on labor makes it much more affordable than other roofing choices.

More Surface Area

An unexpected benefit from a gable roof that homeowners get is better ventilation for the entire house, plus getting some more surface area in their attic. Being granted more space and more ventilation is never something to complain about.

Learn about the pros of a gable roof.


Wind Damage-Prone

If you reside in an area with high winds,  a gable roof will most likely not be a suitable choice. Gable roofs are particularly prone to wind damage. This is because the design at the top of the roof can actually attract wind. Over time, if this happens it will actually start to peel the roof off.

Additional Repairs

Wind damage will have you calling in for repairs more than if you had opted for a different roof style. If you end up having to pay for additional repairs, that can refute the lower cost to install upfront.

Less Living Space

A spacious attic can be more than an attic. For some, it can be a bedroom, an office, or even a rentable apartment. Homeowners with gable roofs will not have the option to maximize their attic space due to the strongly sloped ceilings. In fact,  in a gable roof attic, an adult would not even be able to completely stand up.

Talk to the Gable Roofing Experts

There is a lot to consider when it comes to any roofing project. As a homeowner, you want to be sure that you are making the right choice for your home. If you’re interested in learning even more about gable roof advantages and disadvantages, reach out to Long for expert advice on your roofing project. Whether you’re looking for a roofing estimate or have questions about the best asphalt shingle for you, we’re here to help. Contact us online.

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