The Mansard roof belongs to curb roofing category. It is characterized by steep and almost vertical sides with a flat roof on top that is slightly sloped to allow water run-off.
In simple terms, a Mansard roof is a type of hip roof with a flat surface on top. Some variations of Mansard roofing feature a raised top structure that forms like a low lying gable. The top portion however will not be visible from the ground.
The Origins of Mansard Roof
The design and construction of the Mansard system can be attributed to Francois Mansart, a known French architect 15th century. The distinctive style of the high rise roof design of Mansart was applied to medieval and Renaissance building.
Because the Mansard roofing system provided spacious upstairs rooms without adding a floor, it was quickly adopted by homeowners who want to save on housing construction. From its European beginnings, the Mansard styled roofing gained traction in the colonial cities of America and other parts of Europe.
The Benefits of Mansard Roof
You can save a lot if you build a house using the Mansard roof system because it does not require complex framing. Because no complex framing is required, construction of the roof is also faster.
One of the major advantages that you can enjoy from Mansard roofing is total maximization of attic space or upper floor areas. Because the roof sides are near vertical, you will be able to have more spaces in the attic. You can also add additional rooms on the top floor without constructing walls.
With the Mansard roof system, it would be easier to install a skylight. In fact, you can add arched windows on the face of the roof in order to ventilate the attic or upstairs rooms.
Better Protection Against Weather
Mansard roof is better protected against extreme weather situation. The vertical sides can act as sturdy walls that could withstand powerful storm winds. The greater part of the roof is also protected against the harsh noon time sunlight.
However, you have to take extra care for the flat portion of the roof. During winter, this part of the roof should be given extra attention in order to prevent ice damming and snow build up.