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Old 09-03-2011, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Is a Gambrel roof more likely to develop leaks than a Peak roof? More likely to have shingles blown off?

I am having a shed built. I really prefer the looks of a Gambrel roof, but two guys have told me they are more likely to leak and lose shingles. I guess because of the extra crease in the roof.

Is that really true? Anyone know?
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:12 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Three basic things (aside from age) affect your concerns:
the quality of the materials
the quality of the installation
the number of exposed edges

If you have 1 & 2... the number of edges won't matter much. (but it will cost you!)
If you won't have 1 & 2... don't expect much out of the job.

hth
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Three basic things (aside from age) affect your concerns:
the quality of the materials
the quality of the installation
the number of exposed edges

If you have 1 & 2... the number of edges won't matter much. (but it will cost you!)
If you won't have 1 & 2... don't expect much out of the job.

hth
I am having the Amish build it, so the installation should be good. Not having a big box store put it up and not buying a kit......so I plan on getting good grade materials.

Not sure what you mean by exposed edges? It will be done the same way as a roof on a house, with gutters and downspouts.

Plan on going with all good grade materials, as maintenance free as I can get it......I'm not getting any younger and I don't want to have to fool with it ever again! LOL
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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Plus the pitch means alot. Not enough pitch the water runs slow off and the wind hit the shingle edges.Thicker shingles like 30 year;architectures lifts less and seal the first roll of shingles at edges with roofing chaulk as we do here in hurricane region.30 lb felt underlayment also.
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:56 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Not sure what you mean by exposed edges? It will be done the same way as a roof on a house, with gutters and downspouts.
The compound angles of a gambrel design.
Every extra face from the ridge down to the eave = more exposed edges.
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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The compound angles of a gambrel design.
Every extra face from the ridge down to the eave = more exposed edges.
Got it. Four instead of two exposed edges.

So, if I have the gambrel design done correctly, do you think it can be as trouble free as the peak design?

My "selfish" self is fighting with my "practical" self here.
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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BTW....the old shed is 14' x 15'.

I have been told to just make the new shed whatever the lumber length is....so there will be less cutting involved and will end up with a bigger shed.

There is an old, cracked, heaved, cement floor that I must build over as I do not want the added expense of having that cement broken up and hauled away. So it has to be at least a little bigger than the old 14' x 15' shed. Do I need some kind of moisture barrier between the old cement floor and the new wood floor....is that going to be an issue.....no one has said anything to me about that, but it is something that has been bugging me.

Any other tips you guys may have would be greatly appreciated.

Woman alone here trying to make sure something is done right that I know next to nothing about.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:49 AM
 
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No more tips? Anyone?
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:51 AM
 
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No more tips? Anyone?
Nope. Not really.

When you said:
"I am having the Amish build it, so the installation should be good"...
that was generally acknowledged as being correct.

It's a yard shed not the Sistine Chapel.
You'll be fine.
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:49 PM
 
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Thanks, Mr. Rational.

I am 58 yrs. old......just don't want to be dealing with shed problems again when I am in my 70's.
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