- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 01 Jun 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:
- 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.
- Long span roof.
- Mansard roof.
- Mono pitch roof.
- Pitched roof.
- Purlin roof.
- Roofing defects.
- Saw-tooth roof.
- Shell roof.
- Shingle roofing.
- Thatch roofing.
- Types of dome.
- Warm roof.
Featured articles and news
Under the Party Wall Act a property owner has the legal right to do works that might otherwise constitute trespass or nuisance.
BSRIA examine the 'unpredictable' 2018 global air conditioning market.
ICE publish new report calling for new sector-wide body to help avert structural failures.
The rainbow JCB will be making a welcome return to the London Build Expo on 23 and 24 October at Olympia.
An introductory article to external works - all activities carried out to the external environment of a building project.
With the clock ticking, RIBA say that a 'no deal Brexit' will be "disastrous" for the architecture profession.
The focus is generally on the lime binder, but the aggregate is actually the most significant element.
The importance of communication, collaboration and simplicity when planning construction projects.
New working group is set up to consider options for raising standards across the property agent sector.
BSRIA provide a top 10 list of recent legislation and guidance affecting buildings.