ROOF. New trends VS old traditions

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There are numerous types of roofs for a building. This blog will be about roofing for log houses designed by our engineers. For a start, we will delve into the notion of a roof as a construction term. And if you are patient enough to read the article till the end, your curiosity will be awarded.  

A roof of the building is a part of a load-bearing structure that protects the entire construction against precipitation and wind. It transfers the load of rain, snow, and dead load to the walls or individual supports. The main function of the roof is to insulate the house, i.e. to preserve heat and protect it from overheating. 

As many buildings as many roofs. Roofs are mainly classified by two parameters: shape and the number of pitches.  When choosing a roof, you should also consider a climatic zone.       

Let’s talk about two types of roof and their variations.


This roof is the best for commercial and technical buildings, multistoried houses, shopping centers, etc. Depending on the architect’s vision, a flat roof will be a fine solution for private houses, either.   

A recent trend in the fashion of architecture is to apply flat roofing for mini-gardens, small recreation areas, or pools. In a limited space, this solution makes the structures look like real masterpieces. This style of construction is called a high-tech or loft. 

However, log cabin builders are unlikely able to combine classic wall framing and flat urban roof in the design. Normally, a flat roof is made from soft bitumen which requires less financial costs for installation and maintenance. For a classic log home, where the air between the roof and the ceiling functions as a good heat insulator, flat roofing does not provide enough air gap.    

There are two more sophisticated roof types. However, if you are not an Orthodox or Catholic priest, a dome-shaped roof will not fit your project. You will not need a pagoda-like roof for the house, while it will be a perfect choice for a Buddhist, Hindu, or Taoist monk.  

For your four seasons log homes project, we offer you a pitched roof.  


The key difference of flat roof from a pitched one slope is the angle of slope for the drainage of rainwater, snow, etc.  There may be attic and non-attic pitched roofs. However, this roof type is commonly classified by the number of slopes:    

• A gambrel roof is a most widespread roof type due to its simplicity. At the ends, it has triangular walls called pediments. Click the link to see all the structural elements combined in a classic European-style house.  

• A hip roof is a more complex option for roofing consisting of several simple geometric elements. At the ends, the slopes are triangular, while the other two are trapezoidal. The roof is perfect for the area with abundant precipitation. In our catalog, there are several colonial log homes with this roof type. 

• A half-hip roof is a combination of the two previous types with no sharp corners at all. It features steeper slopes and awnings. Check out a beautiful log home with the half-hip roof on the website.

A pyramidal roof is a kind of a hip roof. This roof best goes with the houses that have a square or rectangle shape. Shaped as regular triangles, it resembles Giza pyramids. 

Now you can distinguish all basic roof types, and it is high time to see what four seasons homes catalog offers to you. 


Today, the most popular roofing coverings are:

1. Soft bituminous roof covering, or soft, flexible shingles. It is a roofing material based on oil-containing chemical compounds. Due to its energy-efficiency, style, and ,  almost all houses designed and built at Four Seasons have this type of coverage.

2. Roof tiles. As a construction material, it traces back to China. However, archaeologists discovered the samples of the Bronze Age tiles on the territory of modern Europe. Tiles are made mainly from baked clay, sometimes covered with glaze. Also, there are metal tiles that have the same shape as clay ones but compromise on other features. 

3. Metal. For roofing, a flat sheet of metal is shaped, painted, and varnished. It is simple, cheap, but not that durable material with lower thermal insulation characteristics compared to bitumen or natural tiles.  
4. Slate. It is 100% natural material made from pressed stone. Rarely used these days, though, it covers the roofs of some pretty houses in GTA.  

5. Asbestos-cement slate. We do not offer the roof made of this material as it contains harmful to health substances.  

6. Gold leaf, and copper. Doubt that? Actually, there are a few people in the world who have houses with gold leaf roofing. Unjustified luxury, isn’t it?   

7. An energy-saving roof or solar panels. This roof consists of batteries and a control system that makes a house an energy self-sufficient construction.  Guess who is that person whose company producers solar panel roofs. He is the one who launches satellites and rockets into space, like the trains in the NY subway. He is the one who created a worldwide popular payment system and manufactures electric autos.  There are at least 10 representative offices of his company in Canada. 

As an epilogue to all that has been said, only you can decide which of our log houses will become your dream home. We just want you to know that four seasons log homes specialists will assist you to make the best choice. Do not hesitate to contact us on any log construction issue.


In the late 70s, in the USSR, at the meeting of criminal leaders and illegal entrepreneurs, the business agreed to pay 10% of their income in exchange for security. They called this service “roof” or “roofing”, which is in the slang of Russian criminals means paid criminal protection for illegal or even legal business activity.                


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