Arched roofs are often the most prominent architectural feature of buildings they appear on, and may dictate how many other aspects of the home need to be built. Arched roofs are aesthetically pleasing and a way to have a home unlike any other. They also provide subtle shapes inside the home. An arched roof can be used to cover the entire home or a single section, such as an arched entrance..
But as well as looking good, it also provides a practical solution to the problem of wasted or ‘dead’ space within a building. Excess space, results in unnecessary heating or chilling, depending on the building’s use. By introducing the curve, the apex of the roof is reduced and with it the amount of wasted space, and associated operational costs. The arched roof option has also proven popular with developers, as the reduced height makes it easier to adhere to any height restrictions in place, facilitating planning approval, or reducing the need to dig down into the ground.
Since curved roofs are designed by the architect or builder, it can be customized to be advantageous to the region the home is being built. For example, in high wind areas, a roof with a lower slope would be more durable than one with a higher slope. While in areas that receive more snow and rain can have more of an arch to allow water to run-off. In addition to the shape of the roof itself contributing to the reduction in CO2 emissions, savings can be further boosted by the introduction of in-plane roof lights. These can be easily installed across the apex of the roof to maximise the distribution of natural daylight coming into the building and minimise shadows.
Designing and installing a curved roof which is robust enough to meet the requirements of a modern building takes a thorough understanding of the system’s capabilities. Always ensure the project is undertaken by specialist installers, who will have received the necessary training to mitigate any risks associated with poor workmanship, and that the work is covered by meaningful guarantees so, should anything go wrong, it can be put right without any further cost to the building owner