A gambrel roof is primarily sloping, with the upper slope having a shallow angle whereas the lower slope going for a steeper angle. This provides the advantages of a sloping roof while providing more headroom in the upper floors of the building.
Find more information on the Gambrel roof; its uses, origins and tips on how to build a gambrel roof below:
Many types of roof designs can be chosen when building a home, barn or shed.
Determining Gambrel Roof Angles for your project
Before determining the angles for a gambrel roof, it is necessary to decide how long the rafters will be.
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Origin of the Gambrel Roof
Gambrel is a Medieval Latin word, derived from the source word gamba, which means a horse’s leg.
Use of Gambrel Roof Trusses
The use of gambrel roof trusses on roofs goes back centuries in American architecture to the earliest documented use being in the 1600’s.