All About Gable Roof Systems

Gable Roof Systems are one of the most common roof systems in the US. A gable roof also called a peaked or pitched roof, has a triangular shaped design that comprises of two sides sloping in the opposite directions and coming together at the top to form a ridge.

Advantages of Gable Roof Systems:

  • The slope of the roof allows it to easily shed snow and leaves no standing water
  • They can improve the ventilation
  • The simpler design means it is easy to build and thus reduces the labor costs and makes it a cheaper option
  • It leaves more roof space for the attic


Disadvantages of Gable Roof Systems:

  • They are not as wind resistant and can cause problems in high wind areas and during windstorms. If it is not adequately supported, strong winds can cause the roof to collapse.

It is, therefore, important to ensure that proper braces are used if a house with a gable roof is in a high wind or a hurricane-prone area and the roof is inspected for damage after a windstorm.

Types of Gable Roofs:


Side Gable: It is a basic peaked roof with two equal sides sloping in the opposite directions at an angle. Both the panels meet at the midpoint of the building to form a ridge. The triangular section can either be enclosed (boxed gable roof) or left open (open gable roof)

Crossed Gable: Crossed Gable is generally used for a home with separate wings. In this roof design, two individual gable roof units are connected at an angle and the ridges of the two units are kept perpendicular to each other.

Front Gable: The front gable roof is generally seen in houses with a Colonial design. It is installed at the entrance of a home.

Dutch Gable Roof: This is a cross between a gable roof system and a hip roof system. A gable is installed on top of a hip roof, which makes it more aesthetically appealing and provides more space.