Gable Roofs Explained Plus Your Building Questions Answered

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Gable roofs are a classic design in British architecture. With their sloped sides and pitch, this style of roof has become one of the most-wanted features in home design and achievable for self builders and extenders alike. 

The type of roof you opt for won't just inform the style of the house or extension, but also the roof pitch, the materials that can be used and the cost of the project as a whole. The gable roof is arguably one of the simplest roof types to introduce, making it a popular addition to many homes.

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Row 0 - Cell 0 ProCon
Row 1 - Cell 0 Simple and routine constructionCan be unsuitable for areas with high winds
Row 2 - Cell 0 Good drainageThe simple design might not appeal to some
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Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.