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Mansard Roofs: The Must Have of Every French Provincial Homes

Mansard roofs are a staple of French Provincial homes. They are often associated with this type of architecture, and for good reason – mansard roofs add a touch of elegance and beauty to any home. But what exactly is a mansard roof? How are they built? What are the benefits? In this article, we will answer all your questions about mansard roofs!



What is a Mansard Roof?


Mansard roofs are a type of roof that is characterized by its two slopes on each side of the roof, usually the lower slope being shallower than then top slope. The mansard was first used because its predominantly horizontal profile was more in harmony with the classical designed homes than were roofs with a higher pitch. Mansard roofs are often used on French Provincial homes, as they add a touch of elegance and sophistication to the building.


The mansard roof is one of the most iconic features of French Provincial architecture. The mansard roof was first seen in France, and it has been a staple there ever since. Having been found in many homes in France; they are often associated with this type of architecture and add an elegant touch to any home.

Mansard roof types

Benefits of a Mansard Roof


Added value to a French Provincial home


Mansard roofs of all types have an elegant look that would add aesthetic value and hence real monetary value to any luxury home. This is largely because they were an important part of French architecture during the Renaissance.


Great for energy efficiency and storage

Mansard roofs are not just for looks, however. They also provide a number of benefits that other types of roofs cannot match. For starters, mansard roofs are extremely efficient at trapping heat in the winter and preventing it from escaping in the summer. This makes them an ideal choice for climates that experience extreme temperatures. Additionally, mansard roofs are very sturdy and can withstand a great deal of weight. This makes them ideal for homes that have attic spaces, as the extra storage space can be invaluable.


Disadvantages of a Mansard Roof


Not great under harsh weather conditions

There are some risks associated with mansard roofs, however. One of the main dangers is that they can be very slippery in wet weather. If you live in an area that experiences a lot of rain or snow, make sure to take this into account when choosing your roofing material. The other problem of living in an area that experiences heavy rainfall or snow throughout the year is that the drainage system of the flatter upper slope is not good enough to withstand extreme weather conditions, and it may lead to leaks and even a collapse of the roof when too much water accumulates.


Expensive to install and maintain

This lead to the biggest issue with mansard roofs - they are often difficult to maintain and repair. If something goes wrong with your mansard roof, it can be expensive to have it fixed. Additionally, mansard roofs are often more expensive to install than other types of roofs. But with all the benefits they offer, this extra expense is well worth it.


Mansard Roofs - worth every penny in a luxury French provincial home


So if you’re looking for a beautiful and efficient roof for your French Provincial home, consider a mansard roof. It’s sure to add value and elegance to your home!


Thank you for reading our article on mansard roofs. We hope you found it informative and helpful. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us here at Carmel Homes.

Mansard Roof FAQs

What is the purpose of a mansard roof?

A mansard roof is a type of roof that has four sides, with two slopes on each side. The lower slope is usually much steeper than the upper slope. Not only is this type of roof visually appealing, but its slopes also provide homeowners with additional space, most often in the attic. The shape also makes it easier to expand a home.


What is the difference between a Gambrel Roof and a Mansard Roof?

There are two distinct slopes on each side of the gambrel roof, as with a mansard roof. There is, however, one major distinction between them. A mansard roof has four sides, but a gambrel roof only has two (Figure 2). Gambrel roofs are most often seen in farmhouses, log cabins, and barns


Gambrel vs Mansard roof
Gambrel vs Mansard roof

Is a mansard roof expensive?

The complexity and expense of mansard roofs may make them more expensive than other roofing materials. However, there are certain advantages that only come with the use of mansard roofs. For example, their form allows for extra area in a house, especially on the top floor or attic space. Their appearance is also stunning.


How long does a mansard roof last?

A mansard roof's lifespan is significantly greater than that of a gabled roof. A mansard roof, when built and maintained correctly, can last as long as a century. The material's longevity, however, is determined by the material itself. Concrete or slate tiles are intended to survive 15-25 years while copper roofs may endure up to 100 years.


What countries use a mansard roof?

Mansard roofs can be found on buildings in many parts of the world, including Australia, but they’re most often associated with France. This type of roof was popularized by Francois Mansart (1598-1666), a famous French architect. In Australia, mansard roofs are very popular among French inspired luxury homes and apartment buildings.


How much does a mansard roof cost?

The installation of a mansard roof is dependent on various elements, such as materials, size, position, and labor. Because they need framing labor as well as a lot of supplies, the cost of installation may be greater than typical roofs. Installation costs can vary anywhere from $30,000 to $80,000 on average.


What materials are used for a mansard roof?

Nearly any material can be used for a mansard roof. However, these roofs are traditionally finished with slate tiles or shingles because they help maintain their ‘historic’ aesthetic. Other materials, including concrete tiles or metal roofs, can also be used to save costs or improve the durability of the roof.

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