An Introduction to Butterfly Roof

Butterfly Roofing












Roof, basically is the most important part of your house. So when it comes to designing your roof you need to be more conscious and proactive, because your roof is the one that acts as a savior to you in all weather. Your roof should be such which satisfies the needs of your house in all possible ways. Your roof should not only meet the practical aspects but should also meet up with the aesthetic needs. Butterfly roof is such a option which is combination of both of the above factor and meet both the demand successfully. Now you might be wondering what is butterfly roof?

Butterfly roof is such a design of roof which is built by joining two roofs by edges sets at an particular angle which allows to form a shape of valley slope. If seen from the front the structure looks like wings of butterfly.  It is designed in such a way that those points which are joined are at lower level and those remained un joined is at upper level. Butterfly roofs are also known as inverted pitch roof.

History of butterfly roofs

The concept and shape of butterfly roofs are very unique and different. The design of butterfly roofs came into existence in the year of 1933. After that many changes has come and new versions has evolved. It is an American roof design. Previously English Tudor style houses and quaint country cottages were prevalent but now the concept is changing. Instead of ornate pitches, minimalist lines are preferred. The newer version of butterfly roof includes saddle roof, gable roof, shed roof and zig zag roof.

Benefits of Butterfly roofs

There are innumerous advantages of butterfly roofing which are eye catching and heart robbing. The design of butterfly roofing is such that ensures your interiors to feel fresh and airy. As the heights of the walls and windows are high, good sunlight is achieved in the house making your house to look bright and sunny. This method is useful in collection of water. Due to its unique shape, rainwater can be harvested, channeled down and collected and then used this water for gardening, for drinking and even in plumbing. This water can be preserved and can be used in the period of drought. The design of butterfly roofs gives an aerodynamic structure which decreases the risk of pulling which generates on the roofline of upwardly pitched eaves.

Drawbacks of butterfly roofs

The layout and nature of the butterfly roof is such that we cannot see the roof surface from the ground level. Thus if there is any problem in the roof it becomes difficult to notice for longer period of time. If there is any leak or damp, it remains unnoticed and larger problem is caused which could have been avoided if repaired timely. Thus loft space is to be checked out regularly and water damage is to checked avoided and if there must be cured on time. If the water damage is undetected in the valley of the roof it can result in additional weight on load bearing elements leading to cracks.

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