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Last edited 28 Nov 2018
Types of roof
A roof is a structure forming the upper covering of a building or other shelter. Its primary purpose is generally to provide protection from the elements, but it may also contribute to safety, security, privacy, insulation, and so on.
Roofs may have openings or windows within them to allow light into the buildings, as well as providing, access, ventilation, views, and so on. They also frequently include other features such as chimneys, communications infrastructure, building services, drainage, lighting, access routes, and so on.
Roofs can be constructed from a wide variety of materials and in a wide variety of shapes depending on the requirements they have to satisfy, the local climate, the availability of materials and skills, the span to be covered, and so on.
This article provides links to further information about a range of roof types.
Click on the links below to access more information:
- Blue roof.
- Closed couple roof
- Cold roof
- Collar roof
- Conical roof slating
- Cool roof
- Couple roof
- Crow-stepped gable
- Designing out fire risk in roof voids
- Domestic roof
- Domestic roofing
- Existing guidance on fire compartmentation in roof voids.
- External fire performance of roofs: A guide to test methods and classification.
- Fabric roof.
- Fibre cement.
- Flat roof.
- Gambrel roof.
- Green roof.
- Hyperbolic paraboloid.
- Long span roof.
- Mansard roof.
- Mono pitch roof.
- Pitched roof.
- Purlin roof.
- Roofing defects.
- Saw-tooth roof.
- Shell roof.
- Shingle roofing.
- Thatch roofing.
- Warm roof.
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