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Old 12-15-2011, 03:04 PM   #16
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It's funny how no one has mentioned the direction the house will be facing. This use to be taken into account about 40 years ago, but not any more.
That makes a difference on which way you might want to face your house, but nothing to do with the roof...?

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By design do you mean form (pretties) or function?
Now this was what I was originally hinting at! BOTH must be taken to account.

I say this because you can design a roof system that is perfect in terms of functionality...but that the customer never buys because it doesn't address something that is not directly 'roof-related.'

Assuming you sell roof systems to make a living (and not for fun or specification), you've got to include the 'pretties' into the design process.
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Now this was what I was originally hinting at! BOTH must be taken to account.

I say this because you can design a roof system that is perfect in terms of functionality...but that the customer never buys because it doesn't address something that is not directly 'roof-related.'

Assuming you sell roof systems to make a living (and not for fun or specification), you've got to include the 'pretties' into the design process.
Real carpenters don't call a roof "pretty". A "keen" roof would be "handsome".
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Haha, don't kill the messenger... I was just quoting someone!
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That makes a difference on which way you might want to face your house, but nothing to do with the roof...?
Oh really?
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Oh really?
Yeah. Tell me how it makes a difference.
The only difference is which direction you run ridge cap according to the prevailing wind direction.

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Haha, don't kill the messenger... I was just quoting someone!
I gotcha. I was just kidding.
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Yeah. Tell me how it makes a difference.
The only difference is which direction you run ridge cap according to the prevailing wind direction.
That's all ,eh?

Aside from prevailing winds, what about a neighbors house or a barn or a silo, or maybe an open filed. How about facing the front of the house south? How about 3 ft. overhangs to block out the sun in the summer and to allow more sun in winter. Valleys above walkways that may be in the shade for the winter months. How about an old tree that is asked to be left on the property after construction. Maybe even an entire line of trees that could block the wind and snow from drifting on a difficult area on a roof.

There are many things to think about when a "roof system" is penciled by an architect, but just like any other engineer or close minded person, they believe if they draw it, it can be built and work just as good as any other building.

I've seen where a 90x240 building almost collapsed because of the direction it was facing. I've seen shingles and steel roofing fly off buildings because it was in line with wind that came whipping around a silo next to a barn.

The direction a building is facing has plenty to do with how the roof is designed......or it should be.......

Anything else you haven't witnessed, just let me know.
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Like I said. The direction and location of the house matters.

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