A mansard roof goes by a variety of other names: a curb roof, a French roof, or simply a mansard. It is a roofing style derived from the gambrel style. It has four sides and actually falls under a category of hip roof. Its noticeable character is the presence of two slopes on each side: an upper slope and a much steeper lower slope. The lower slopes are typically lined with dormer windows. While the upper slopes are not easily observable from street level and a close proximity, the windowed lower slopes have more to them.
A mansard roofoffers a homeowner a chance to maximize the use of an attic’s interior space. In its application to a preexisting building, a mansard allows an owner to add one or more floors without having to deal with the matters of masonry. Decorative potential can be exploited in this roofing system by use of either concave or convex curvature coupled with dormer windows displaying elaborate ornaments. Application of mansard faded overtime but was briefly revived during the 70s. At that time, adapting postmodern architectural elements became a fad in residential housing and apartment buildings.
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