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The Most Common Types of Sunroom Roofs

September 19, 2016 Categories: Planning Your Sunroom Sunroom Additions Sunrooms

Sunroom Roof Options

In this post, you will learn…

  • Sunroom roof options and benefits
  • The difference between a gable roof and single-slope roof
  • How to inspect and maintain your roof

Sunroom Roof Options and Benefits

A sunroom can be a great addition to any home. Whether you choose a three season room or four season room, a sunroom provides a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of the indoors. One of the important pieces of a sunroom is the roof. While it may seem like a simple choice, you have more options than you might think! Some of the most common, yet different types of roofs include classic gable, single-slope, glass roof panels, solarium straight eaves or even your existing roof.

There are various things to consider when choosing the type of roof for your sunroom, including price and structure. A single-slope roof, also referred to as a shed roof, is attached to a taller wall which allows for easier construction and less building materials, making it economically friendly. Gable roofs have a more traditional look and allow for more ventilation and space with cathedral style ceilings. Glass roof panels allow you enjoy an open sky view and control the amount of light entering your sunroom at the same time. All glass roofs are an option for Solariums and can be constructed using a straight eave design that provides a sharp transition from the roof to the front panels. If you are looking to use your existing roof, no problem! All of our sunrooms are custom manufactured for your space so they can be built into the home’s current structure.

Gable Roof vs. Single-Slope Roof

So, you’ve made the decision to add a Patio Enclosures® sunroom to your home. Unless you are planning to enclose an existing covered space, you’re going to need to decide on the style of roof that can make your dream sunroom a reality! If you’re looking for the most cost-efficient styles, the gable roof and single-slope, or shed roof, are two great options. But while both are great options, informing yourself of the pros and cons of each will help you weigh your final decision!

Gable Roof

Gable Roof Sunroom

The gable roof style creates a classic look and is used frequently for home construction. It is also designed to handle all seasons. With most roofs constructed at an angle of about 40°, water and snow can easily roll off, while allowing for more ventilation and vaulted ceilings inside. Proper construction is essential to adequate roof support, especially in areas that frequently experience heavy wind.

Single-Slope Roof

Single-Slope Roof Sunroom

Single-slope roofs are most commonly used for home additions, sheds, and porches, but over the years have gained more popularity in modern home construction. Sometimes referred to as shed roofs, single-slope roofs offer easy assembly and fewer required materials. A single-slope roof’s typical steepness allows for easy snow and water runoff, making it great for heavy snow and rain regions.

How to Inspect and Maintain Your Roof

Sunroom Roof Inspection

When it comes to maintaining your home, inspection of all areas of your home should be a part of the process. Whether you start from the top-down, or bottom-up, your roof is a key part in keeping your home comfortable and safe. A sunroom is a unique addition to your home. Regardless of the type of sunroom you have, the roof plays an important role in keeping it comfortable! Unsure of inspecting your home or making improvements on your own? Contact a professional who will make thorough inspections and recommend proper next steps.

Generally, finding indications of water leakage, like stains or cracking in the ceiling will be a quick indicator of needed maintenance. To prevent damage and needed repairs outside, remove loose debris, especially in the winter months. Eliminate moss and mold by spraying moss remover and cleaner, and then remove it with brushes or a power washer. Shingles that are curled, loose or missing will indicate any type of problems with the inside of the roof. Keeping gutters and downspouts clean and unclogged can avoid water buildup and overflow out of the gutters. Simple steps like these can be taken to avoid future work on your roof for not only this year, but for future years to come!

Hummer on Sunroom Roof

Patio Enclosures has spent years building the strongest roofs in the industry. Whether you choose a gable or single-slope roof, both are constructed utilizing our structural I-beams for maximum support. We offer both a 3” and 6” roof depending on your specific application. To test just how strong our roof systems are, we parked a 5,100 pound Hummer on our 3” roof and it passed with flying colors.

Learn more about which roofing style best suits your home by requesting a free, in-home estimate using our online form or by calling 800-230-8301.

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