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4 Things to Love about Gambrel Roofs

Gambrel roof pole barnThe gambrel roof is characterized by two slopes on each side, with a shallow upper slope and a steeper lower slope. This is the style of roof you’ll see on many traditional barns, but a building with a gambrel roof doesn’t just have to be used for hay storage or livestock. Gambrel roofs are a popular pole barn choice for residential and commercial pole buildings, and it’s not hard to see why. Below are 4 reasons why the gambrel roof is such an attractive pole barn option.

  • It has historical appeal. Gambrel roofs can be found on many Dutch Colonial and Georgian style homes, and even when you use this roof style on a modern building, you can give the building a historical feel. If you want a pole barn home or retail space with a classic, traditional look, you should consider choosing a gambrel roof.
  • You’ll have lots of headspace. Because of the steep lower slopes, gambrel roof pole barns allow for high ceilings. This is ideal if you plan to use your pole building for storage and want to add a second story to give yourself more floor space. It can also be great if you plan to use the pole building as a residential space; you could use the second level as a loft, attic, workspace, or guest bedroom. Some families even decide to use the first floor of their gambrel roof pole barn for storage and the second floor as a full living space, complete with kitchen, master bedroom, living room, and bath.
  • You can add custom-designed windows. The style of the gambrel roof leaves plenty of room to add windows on the end walls, and you can really put your stamp on the building with custom-designed windows. Choose classic dormer windows, opt for large half-circle windows, or go with another specialty window shape—there are plenty of options that work with the gambrel style.
  • Gambrel roofs are simple to frame. Pole buildings are popular in part because they are easy to construct, and gambrel roofs keep that construction relatively straightforward. Most gambrel roof pole barns use combination truss and rafter design, making them really no more difficult to install than a standard gable roof. And when you choose a gambrel roof pole building kit from Hansen Pole, you’ll receive detailed step-by-step instructions to make the construction process even easier.

Stepped Roof Design

When I first began writing blog articles over four years ago, I assumed I’d get to maybe 100 topics or so, and then be out of things to write about.


After 957 of them, the list of possible topics grows every day. I did a search for “stepped roofs” on our website today and it didn’t come up, in fact it wasn’t even in my “to do” list!

Let’s identify what a stepped roof is.

As an example, a building with a shop say 40 feet wide by 60 feet long with 16 foot tall eaves – big enough to fit an RV, semi, etc. Along with this is an area off one end which will later be finished.

Now the way this has usually been done is to just make the building longer. Then when the area is finished it either has a very tall ceiling, or a lower ceiling has to be framed in.

The tall ceiling may look wonderful, but it means when heated all of the heat rises to the ceiling and when cooled there is a much greater volume of air to condition.

Framing in a lower ceiling may involve having to place interior bearing walls or beams in places where it is less than desirable (not to mention having to pour, at the least, a thickened slab where the walls go).

There is an easier way – lower the eave height in the desired areas.

Stepped RoofMost pole (post frame) building kit package providers and builders are not too keen on this idea, as they have not done it often enough to feel comfortable with the process – so when faced with this option, the price is made appropriately too high, in hopes it doesn’t get ordered.

With repetition, comes the ability to not only work out a smooth “system” for the stepped roofline system, but also to be able to add the ability to rapidly calculate out accurate pricing and materials’ lists for them. Hansen Pole Buildings has recently added these features into our Instant Pricing™ system, allowing clients flexibility in their building design, which others only dream about.

A plethora of options are available with the stepped roof  design – including multiple steps, convenient when building sites have a significant amount of grade change and it is not cost effective to bring in and compact thousands of yards of fill