Flat Roof[caption id="attachment_702" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Flat roofed garden office by Pod Space"][/caption]
Flat roof garden offices have become very popular over recent years because they often don’t need planning permission, because the overall building height is less than 2500mm high. A flat roof give a garden office a contemporary feel and are often covered with performance EPDM rubber membranes, living roof coverings such as sedums or turf or in some cases a coated metal roof covering.
On the downside a flat roofed garden room looses the extra headroom and airy feel that other roof styles such as a gabled or hipped roof can offer.
Gable Roof[caption id="attachment_907" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Garden office with gable roof by Vivid Green"][/caption]
The traditional shaped roof of many homes, consisting of two equally pitched sides the ‘gable’ is the triangular portion of wall at each end. Garden offices with a gable roof are normally more traditional in design than flat roofed garden offices and often have roof coverings such as asphalt shingles, cedar shingles, clay tiles or slates. A garden office with a gable roof has a light and airy feel as the roof is often left open into the room ‘cathedral’ like.
Hipped Roof[caption id="attachment_909" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Hipped roof garden office by Courtyard Designs"][/caption]
Hipped roofs are normally four sided and all the slopes run from the eaves of the garden office to a central point. Hipped roofs are normally found on traditional style garden offices and are an aesthetically pleasing feature both externally and internally. Internally a hipped roof creates a vaulted ceiling which provides the garden office with a light and airy feel, while externally a well built hipped roof is a thing of beauty.
Curved Roof[caption id="attachment_906" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Curved roof garden office by Tor Garden Buildings"][/caption]
A development of the flat roofed garden office is a curved roof. A curved roof creates an elegant and unusual roof line on a garden office. Curved roofs are normally covered with a living roof covering, and the curved form showcases this attractive roof covering off to its full potential – better even than a flat roof where the planting is often only visible from an upstairs window or by the very tall!
Curved roof garden offices are available from the following suppliers: Tor Garden Buildings
So, how do you decide which roof style to chose? A lot depends on personal taste, but if you have a hipped roof on your home a hipped roof garden office maybe the most complementary, but on the other hand a starkly modern flat roofed garden office can contrast well with an ancient thatched cottage!