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Pros and Cons of Mansard Roofing


When building your home, if you would like to leave the option for extra interior space then adding a mansard roof to your home is the best way to go. Not only will you have more room inside, but you will also have added an exquisite appearance to the exterior of your home.

This style of roofing is commonly known as a hip roof and has been around for years and years – to be more specific, centuries. It may have been a popular roofing style throughout the 1800’s, but it is still very much in style today especially with Victorian-style homes.

See also: How to Build a Mansard Roof

Pros of Mansard Roofing

  • As previously mentioned, the Mansard roof allows for extra living space directly underneath the roof. Where an attic may normally be in most homes, an entirely separate living space can be created. This space can be an extra living room, a family room or even a bedroom.
  • With a Mansard roof, the homeowner can easily add another story to the home as opposed to having a traditional style roof.
  • While overall it may be more expensive, a Mansard style roof is less expensive when it comes to framing the roof when compared to other roofing styles.

Cons of Mansard Roofing

  • As long as you don’t mind spending a pretty penny, a Mansard roof is perfect for you. However, you need to keep in mind that it is indeed more expensive than a standard roof would be it a shingle roof or a metal roof. The reason it costs more is that of the additional detail of the roof involved including additional features such as multiple windows, unique architecture, etc. For an exact price, contact a local roofing company in the area to find out if they install Mansard roofs.
  • If you live in an area where snow and ice accumulate easily, then a Mansard roof is not the best type of roof. Mansard roofing can easily become damaged when a large amount of ice or snow accumulates on top of the home’s roof. While this disadvantage is more true for an improperly installed and built Mansard roof, the same is true for a roof that was built extremely well and accurately by the book.
  • Last but not least, some homeowners do not prefer the Mansard roof because it creates a boxy look and feels for the home.

Just like any other style of roofing, Mansard roofing has its own advantages and disadvantages as outlined above. If you want a unique look at your home while adding extra space under the roof and don’t mind spending a few more pennies out of the bank, then a Mansard roof is a wise choice.

However, if you live in a city where heavy snowfall is common, this style of roofing is not recommended no matter how much you like its Victorian-style appearance!

Gallery of Mansard Roof