Gable roof design ideas, inspiration & pictures

The gable roof is the most common roof design. Applicable for both hot and cold climates, it features two sloping sides that create a triangle and connects at a ridge. Much like the hipped roof, this type of home cover is particularly popular in Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines, where the seasons are only wet and dry. Whether it is in the form of the traditional bahay kubo or the more common bungalow, houses in the Philippines utilise the gable gable design in order to provide protection from tropical heat, as well as as rain water access. If you want to see other roof designs that are best for the Philippines, click here. If you want to know more about the gable roof, read on.

What gable roof is best for the Philippines?

There are three types of gable roof - box, cross, and Dutch - and you can see almost all of them present in the Philippines. The most common one, however, would have to the be the former, which is characterized by a boxed portion at the end of the roof. Meanwhile, homes that feature the more complex cross gable roofs boast two or more rooflines that bisect at an angle, most commonly with the two ridges set perpendicular to each other, while the Dutch gable roof (or Flemish gable) is a combination of the of the gable and hip roof, with a gablet sitting on top of four sloping sides, allowing for more ceiling space inside.

How do you install a gable roof?

We love DIY projects here at homify. However, when it comes to more technical or more important parts of the home, we strongly recommend hiring a professional. For the case of your roof, a roofer. The professional can help you figure out the best roof design for your home, fasten top plates to all outside walls with nails, measure and cut ceiling joists, assemble the gable itself, determine the mitered planks to cover the ends of the gable, as well as add asphalt shingles and roofing nails if required.

What materials should I use and how much will it cost?

In the Philippines, clay tile and metal sheeting are the most common material to use for homes. Clay tiles, which comes in terra cotta color, are pretty common in villages and subdivisions, as it is more aesthetically pleasing. This is a good option if you have a bit of budget to spare, as it can also increase the value of one’s property. On the other hand, there is also metal sheeting, which is quite common in urban areas in the Philippines. While it is not as visually appealing as the terra cotta tiles, it is more cost-effective.This material is also a better option if you are looking for something that can last for a very long time as it basically pays for itself as it is durable, energy efficient, and easy to repair and change. The only disadvantage we see with using this type of material is that it can be susceptible to rusting if exposed to too much rainwater, plus it can create loud noises during thunderstorms.

Why should I choose the gable roof?

There are many reasons why you should choose this type of roof for your home in the Philippines. While they are not idea for strong winds and hurricanes, they are however perfect the country, where there are only two seasons: wet and dry. Aside from the fact that they are cheaper and easier to build as opposed to a hip roof, and most professionals would already know how to make it the right way, the space inside the roof can also be made into a room, storage room, or safe house during flooding.

Where can I find inspiration for my roof design?

By browsing through thousands of images uploaded by our professionals, selecting the images that matches their theme or style, and saving them on your created ideabook. With this tool, it’s easy to riff through possibilities and get right on track with your interior decorating project. Apart from ideabooks, the website also features a free consultation page, where homeowners can get in touch with professionals for tips, quotes, and advice free of cost.