At The Jacksonville Roofing Company, our services include both commercial and residential properties. We solely focus on the installation and repair of roofs and gutters. Roofs are constructed in a wide variety of different sizes, shapes, and designs, and there are a number of different ways of classifying them. The three most common methods of classification are based on roof design, roof construction, and the type of roofing material used to cover them. When it comes to roof repair and installation, there are three main types of roofs that we specialize in.
- Gable and Hips: Gable roofs and hip roofs are the most common roof shapes in the United States. A gable roof consists of two sloping roof surfaces joined along a horizontal ridge line. The triangular-shaped endwall formed at each end of the roof is called a gable. The roof rake is the inclined edge of a gable roof at the endwalls. Each end of a gable roof will have two rakes that incline toward and meet at the ridge. A gable roof rises by inclined planes from two sides of the structure. A hip roof, on the other hand, rises by inclined planes from all four sides. As a result, a hip roof has at least four eaves, but no rakes. Both styles of roofs can be built with either a low or a steep pitch. They can be adapted to a range of house shapes and designs, shrug off water and snow well, provide for adequate attire ventilation, and are convenient for installing insulation. The table is a two-sided roof that slopes down from the main ridge of the building, while a hip roof has four slopes running downwards from the center ridge and side ridges.
- A-Frame: The A-Frame roof is a steep roof, with two sides that slope down from the center ridge almost to the ground, serving as the uppers walls of the home as well as the roof. Based upon the Native American “teepee” design, these roofs are found on homes built in the 1960s. Advantages of the A-frame include substantial space for insulation and storage within the upper reaches, as well as easy snow removal. However, this style of roof requires a large quantity of roofing materials and is therefore expensive, and it creates dead space at the corners of each floor level.
Flat Roofs: Flat roofs are economical and do not require much roofing material. They should be pitched slightly to aid drainage and can be adequately waterproofed using built-up layers of roofing, felt, and tar topped with gravel. Homes with flat roofs are commonly found in warmer parts of the country, where their wider overhangs provide shade for the rooms. They are not practical in snowy climates, due to the difficulty of snow removal, and do not allow much space for insulation or heat deflection.