Reading A Building - Sizing Up the Roof

By John W. MittendorfWhen reading a building, do you include the roof in your size-up. If so, what are you thinking about? Some factors depend on the type of roof construction in your particular area, however, West Coast roofs and East Coast roofs have a lot in common in both construction methods and styles.The six most common roof styles in the United States are: gable, hip, flat, bridge truss, arch, and sawtooth.Hip RoofThis roof is primarily found on residential structures and some moderate commercials. Look at the age of the building to determine if the construction is older (conventional) or newer (lightweight). Also look at the pitch of the roof (attic space and roof ladder consider...

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