Best Roof Designs for the Philippines Setting

December 15, 2022

For new homeowners, it’s a common question to ask what is the best roof design for your home? So, let’s “Raise the roof!”- a phrase meaning to make cause someone or a group to create a great deal of noise, usually through cheering.

And roofs nowadays cause a lot of noise (or confusion) to new homeowners as there are several factors to consider: budget, location, and climate are just among a few. The design also plays a critical role. Overall, the roof has a huge burden to carry in protecting the structure.

Let’s get started with this guide, so you can get started selecting the best roof design for your crib.

1. Uno Aguas

“Uno” means one, and “Aguas” as water. The design is typically a single plane of a roof. It is sloped to make water run on just one side towards the drainage system.

There are two design sub-types:

a. Flat Roof

You see this in most larger structures like commercial buildings and condominiums. Flat roofs can be utilized on residential homes too. The entire expanse is slightly but unnoticeably sloped so water can run toward the drain. The clear advantage is space. Space that can be utilized for storage, doing laundry, installing solar panels or cooling units, or even a patio for hanging out. Waterproof application is a must as this roof is susceptible to leaks.

b. Shed Roof

More angled than the flat roof, but this time not ideal for people to hang out. Commonly attached to a wall, hence, the name. Shed roofs can be incorporated as a stand-alone as well. Suitable for places experiencing frequent rains.

2. Dos Aguas or Gable Roof

Two roof sections joined together, forming an inverted V. It’s the most common type of roof design and is easy to build. Vents, such as windows, can be installed in front and at the back for good air circulation.

3. Quatro Aguas or Hip Roof

This type is much more complicated and expensive to build than the gable roof. Rainwater can be dispersed in four directions making it an excellent choice against heavy rain. This type also performs better in windy areas.

4. Mansard or French Roof

Similar to hip roofs but with an additional section attached on each end and sloped steeper. Popularized, where else, but in France, this design creates more room inside, especially for attics.

5. Gambrel Roof

If you’ve seen a barn on TV or in real life, chances are, it’s designed with a gambrel roof. Not locally popular, it can be constructed to house people too (meant as a home, of course). Like the mansard roof, consideration is for extra floor space. Given the design’s height, it’s inadvisable for high-wind locations.

6. Butterfly Roof

Used primarily for warehouses and industrial buildings, it’s like several gable roofs joined together to form a W shape. Drainage ducts are situated in the middle and right under where two lower sections meet. Using this roof layout can provide a large area for installing solar panels to minimize carbon footprint.

7. Saltbox Roof

Close to a gable roof with the exception that one side is longer than the other. This asymmetrical design allows you to have more space with less material. Because of the roof’s slope, this type is also perfect for areas with heavy rainfalls.

8. Curved Roof

Akin to the shed roofs because a long single sheet is utilized to span the length. Curved roofs are incorporated mostly in town markets and other commercial or recreational places. This design greatly reduces the occurrence of leaks compared to roof types overlapping and involving several more sections.

9. Cone Roof

Or conical roofs, are commonly used in large churches, cathedrals, and castles. The cone-shaped layout has a circular base with the roof’s apex terminating at one point. Certainly not as popular as the first types mentioned above, but some have dared to make their homes unique. The nature of its shape makes installation difficult and, therefore, expensive. 

While a roofing system isn’t the most expensive compared to the cost of the property and the structure’s foundation, it’s definitely not worth skimping on. A quality roof is achievable since there are plenty of materials and designs to choose from.

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