The saddle roof is by far the most popular roof form for private residential buildings, and this is not without reason: it is considered to be inexpensive and extremely practical. In addition to many other advantages, the saddle roof also has a few disadvantages: we compare the light and shadow sides.
The saddle roof: a simply ingenious construction
Geniality is often a matter of simplicity, as is the case with the saddle roof: with this roof form, two roof surfaces slope to the ridge, creating a stable triangular shape, which allows the rainwater to flow off on both sides. The ridge ends with the pediment in many buildings, but sometimes it also protrudes a little over it. The type of construction has a long tradition, consisting of supporting purlins with supporting rafters.
The advantages of this roof at a glance
The simple but solid construction is reflected in the comparatively low price, which is probably the main reason for frequent use. At the same time, the saddle roof still has some other advantages:
- Variability: Saddle roof is not equal to saddle roof, a lot of different eaves and roof pitches contribute to the individualization. There are also many different covers to choose from – and with a perfectly integrated dormitory, a completely different picture emerges again.
- Low maintenance costs: The saddle roof consists of two continuous roof slopes, which drain the rainwater quickly downwards. If the roof is intact, there is no puddling and most of the dirt is rinsed again and again. This causes this roof shape to last a long time and hardly need to be serviced.
- Weather resistance: The weather can have little effect on the saddle roof, sometimes a few roof pans are lost in the storm. However, in the case of a solid construction, the house owner can assume that his roof can withstand the usual weather conditions, since it can be sealed with little effort.
- Fits in many existing settlements: In the many localities, whole saddle- dike settlementshave formed, here fits another house with this roof form well into. In this case, the local building laws often even prescribe the saddle roof for new or altered buildings. But even in settlements with mixed roof variants, saddle roofs are allowed and welcome in the normal case.
- Possibility of top floor: With a typical roof pitch between 38 and 45 degrees, the saddle roof offers sufficient space for living and utility areas under the roof. Life under the slopes is often viewed as particularly comfortable, windows can be installed in the roof as well as on the gable sides. A dorm extends the living space.
Our tip: Choose the steepest possible saddle roof in stormy and rainy areas, where the water flows quickly and the surface dries quickly. In regions with a lot of snow, the grid is protected against Schneelawinen, some builders also rely on a sloping roof.