Know Your House: What Kind of Roof Do You Have ?

Gable, hip, gambrel, mansard — the shape of your roof says something about your home’s connection to earth and sky
Just about the most common roof type is the gable roof. The shape on children’s drawings of houses and on the building pieces in the game of Monopoly, the gable roof is seen everywhere and just about every culture.
Although this roof type is inexpensive and easily built, I don’t think that its simplicity explains its popularity. Instead, I believe that its shape, which lifts us up to the sky, speaks to optimism and hope. Perhaps this is why so many churches use the gable roof to cover the gathering space.

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