- High pitched and multiple plane roofs add higher material and labor costs, additional time to construct and complexity to your project.
- If your design includes skylights, chimney chases, sun tubes, dormers, etc. penetrating your roof, how do they relate to the roof pitch and planes. Are there conflicts that can affect the roofs performance?
- Once you have your custom log home preliminary drawings, take a closer look at your roof design. Does it make sense? Meaning, are there areas where potential rain drainage capabilities are compromised or areas where excessive snow build-up can create roof performance issues? Keep in mind, that both form and function particularity with roof design should not be in conflict.
- In colder climates such as ours, we're very conscience of snow loads and the potential for ice damming. Your local/state building codes will require a specific snow load (in lbs.) at the time of design, but when you receive your first set of preliminary plans look at the elevations for potential areas that may require additional insulation, flashing, venting and other means to control ice damming.
- A higher roof pitch in most cases translates into higher ceilings inside, meaning that an additional volume of air space will require heating and cooling which will add to your monthly operating costs.
- Consider lowering the roof pitch a little and upgrade to a 9' wall height (typical is 8') to create that feeling of airy openness.
- Depending on the design of the log home, you maybe able to incorporate flat ceilings in areas such as kitchen, dining, bedrooms, utility rooms, etc. and save those high pitched ceilings for the great room.
- Consider lowering the roof pitch a bit and adding gable end log trusses for exterior or additional log accents on the interior for design impact.
By The Leelanau Log Home Company LLC
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