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Old 11-08-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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Converting flat roof to gable-style roof


I'm wondering if anyone in the DIY Forum has converted a flat roof to a gable roof?? Here's my situation: I have a 2nd floor bedroom addition built over an attached garage. The addition (bedroom) basically has a low slope, flat roof on it. The roof size is 12'w x 22'L. The roof doesn't leak b/c it's always been covered with a good epdm rubber job. Ponding or pooling of rain water is minimal. My desire to create a gable roof over the flat roof is to better deal w/ or shed snow loads b/c I'm basically getting too old to get up there and shovel off 2' feet of snow in the winter! Any thoughts, input or experience would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 11-08-2012, 04:42 PM   #2
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Post some picture so we can see what your seeing.
Pretty common job so I know there's people here that have done ot.

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Old 11-08-2012, 04:54 PM   #3
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I've tried to attach a pic of the flat portion of the roof -side view, a pic of the side view of the house- garage side from the ground and also a pic of a model I created of the proposed gable roof. Hope they help explain the situation. Thanks.
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If you are shovelling snow you must suspect the structure can't hold the snow load? I'd put my money into that, because it looks like you have a pretty good roof system as is. As for your model, it would be a large expense for little gain to put anything less than a 4/12 pitch.
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:32 PM   #5
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The 2nd floor addition and roof in question, located in New England, has been in place for 20 yrs. w/ really no problem.The flat area of the roof is approx.12' wide and 10' long and was framed w/2x6 located 12" on center to help carry any snow load. As I mentioned , I've shoveled it during heavy snows not b/c I anticipated any possible load failure but to eliminate any risk. Bottom line is , I don't want to find out if it will fail to carry a heavy snow load; I prefer to act preemptively. Safer than sorry but I can't be getting up there for many more years, know what I mean?

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Old 11-09-2012, 06:29 PM   #6
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If your not having any problems, I would recommend hiring a roofer to shovel the few times a year that it needs shoveled.

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