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5 Design Ideas for New Roof Builds

As homeowners throughout Suffolk and the other parts of England immediately surrounding our Sudbury base know, here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we love to undertake all manner of roof rebuilds, drawing upon our decades of collective relevant knowledge and experience.

Skylight CeilingSometimes, we create entirely new roofs for more modern properties, while on other occasions, we are called upon to carry out sensitive restoration work on older and listed buildings.

So, we thought we would use some of that knowledge and experience to suggest five great design ideas that you may not have considered for your own home’s roofing.

  1. Gambrel roof

There are a lot of more unusual or elaborate designs that you could apply to your property’s roofing. However, we have always especially loved the sophisticated look of the gambrel roof, which is a normally symmetrical two-sided roof with two slopes on each side – the upper slope positioned at a shallower angle and the lower slope, a steeper one.

  1. Saltbox roof

This is such a fascinating roof design to look at. It is a long, pitched roof that slopes down the back of a property, to such an extent that the building may be a one-floor building towards the back, but a two or even three-floor one at the front. We love the folklore story that this design arose in the early 18th century due to Queen Anne’s taxation of houses greater than one storey, although it sadly isn’t true.

  1. Skylights

Skylights have a long history themselves and remain a key design feature of the roofs of many old and new buildings alike. Of course, it’s nice to have a bit more natural light flooding into your home, especially given the well-known health benefits of sunlight. However, a skylight can also reduce your energy costs and consumption, meaning lower costs, with one that is capable of opening also a potentially invaluable passive air conditioner. A well-designed and made skylight is also visually impressive, adding interest to all manner of spaces within the home.

  1. Flat roof

Once upon a time, you may have only opted for a flat roof if you were investing in a home extension. These days, though, many modernist and postmodernist roofing designs incorporate flat elements, although it’s true that relatively few ‘flat’ roofs are completely flat, given the need for an incline for water and debris to run off. The top of a well-made flat roof could even be decked out and turned into a brilliant outdoor living space in its own right.

  1. Curved roof

This type of roofing is often seen on more recent buildings, on which they tend to represent a cutting-edge contemporary design statement. That said, many traditional structures also incorporate curved roofs, with various copper roofs that we have installed for clients here at ELC Roofing Ltd being curved, making the most of the ductility and malleability of this material.

Whatever form or features you can imagine creating for your roof, the chances are that it can be made a reality with the help of ELC Roofing Ltd’s well-trained and highly experienced professionals! Just contact us now for a discussion about how our knowhow in roof rebuilds could help to transform your home.

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