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What are the different type of roof designs available in India? 

Installing a roof for your house is a huge choice. It will affect the overall look of your whole house and it is also affects the very first impression of your home from the outside. Keep in mind that the roof should harmonise with the walls of your home’s exterior and with the windows and entrance door as well. We highly recommend consulting with one of homify’s local roofing experts and architects to get a better idea of what’s best for your home before you make any big decisions.

The most common type of roof designs in India are flat roofs, gable roofs, sloping roofs and mansard roofs. Flat roofs are the most common roof type to cover warehouses, office buildings and residential and commercial buildings. India definitely has an affinity for rooftops and rightly so as it is a precious source of space in overcrowded Indian cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai. On the other hand, sloping roofs come in many different varieties. The simplest is the shed that has only one slope. One with two slopes that form an A or a triangle is called a sloping roof. This type was used in the temples of ancient Greece, northern Europe and America for many centuries and up to the present. 

The gabel type of roof basically has two slopes on each side, the superior part is less steep than the inferior one. The mansard is folding to two parts and that’s the reason why it has two slopes in each side. It was widely used in French Renaissance and Baroque architecture. 

Both types can provide additional space in the attic or another room without the need to build a full additional floor. They can also have a strong aesthetic appeal. Another roof is the type is vault , which is formed with a parallel series of arches. Its shape can be cylindrical vault or barrel and reached its peak with Gothic architecture. A variant of this type of roof is the Catalan vault that consists of small vaults that rest on wooden or steel joists and that together form a flat roof. 

The dome is a hemispherical structure that can serve as a roof. The domes crown some of the grandest buildings of India, ancient Roman, Islamic and post-medieval western architecture. Vaults and domes do not require a support frame, but flat roofs and gable roofs often require internal supports, such as beams or other reinforcements. At present, thanks to technological advances, almost any type of roof can be made with light materials that cover large clearings, and that require little maintenance. 

Another current trend is to use it as a garden in the so-called green roofs, which, in addition to serving as orchards or planters, are ideal for thermal control inside the home.

What are the types of coatings and new technologies available for roofs? 

The external coating, serves to prevent rain or snow from entering a building. There are two options to cover your roof. One type of coating consists of a membrane or impermeable film that prevents the passage of water. The other type of coating consists of pieces designed with a water resistant material. This group includes tiles made of various materials and corrugated sheets of steel, aluminum, lead, copper or zinc. The flat roofs are usually covered with felt for roofing and tar, while the sloped roofs are usually covered with shingles or metal sheets. 

If we talk about new technologies, in many roofs it can be coupled panels or solar heaters. These alternatives improve the energy efficiency of homes. Perfect to save energy and be more friendly to the environment. They are an intelligent solution for your home and you can reduce the cost of your electricity bill. A rooftop solar system costs approximately Rs. 1,00,000 per kWp (kilowatt peak) including installation charges.

How much does a roof and installation cost in India? 

Roof costs and installation time depend on the type of material used. For example, tiles can be obtained from Rs. 1500  per piece, galvanized sheet Rs. 15000  per meter. In as much the thermal insulators can be acquired from Rs. 2500. The installation time can be between one and two weeks. Depending on the material, labor may be more or less expensive. In order for your project to be successful, it is always advisable for a  professional to  be in charge of this type of work. Finally, in general, the materials used should be clean and not generate too much debris. Remember, everything depends on the alternative you choose.

How can I make a roof eco-friendly? 

There are various ways to make a roof more eco-friendly as well as benefits of doing so. Let’s start with the advantages of installing a green roof. An eco-friendly roof can save a lot on the electricity bill in the long run and make your home naturally cooler without having negative impact on the environment. It can also bring more light to the house and improve the air quality inside the house.

So what is a green roof and how can you install one? Well, basically there are a few types to choose from. One way is to cover your roof with green vegetation. You will probably need the help of an expert to do this. Another way is to cover your roof with solar panels or wind panels if you live in an area which is more windy rather than sunny. You can also add a skylight to your roof, which is basically a large window which can be opened up to allow natural light and fresh air into your home. It’s also great for dancing in the moonlight and star-gazing in the comfort of your home.