If you are building a log cabin, there are many things to take into consideration. One of these things is the type of roof you will put on the cabin. With a log cabin, you can choose a pitched roof or a flat roof. What you choose will depend on the type of weather you have in your area, as well as what you prefer. Below is some information about each of these roofing options so you can hire a roofing contractor to install the roof for you.

1. Pitched Roof

A pitched roof is a roof with a grade. The steep on a pitched roof determines how quickly snow and rain will flow off the roof. Because of this, if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, you should consider a steeply pitched roof. A gable roof is a pitched roof that is often seen on traditional homes, as well as log cabins. You will know a gable roof as it has a triangular shape. A gable roof offers more space in your attic, or you could choose to have vaulted ceilings in your home.

A pitched roof can be expensive, and you will pay more in labor charges, as well as materials.  You do have many options when it comes to shingles, however.

2. Flat Roof

A flat roof also works well for log cabins. They are generally less expensive than a pitched roof. This is because it takes much fewer materials, and this type of roof can be installed much quicker than a pitched roof.

A flat roof still has a slight grade, so water runs off the roof easily. If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain a flat roof would not be a good choice, however. This is because even though there is a small grade the grade is not large enough to handle a lot of water. This means the roof will start leaking with a lot of rain.

If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow a flat roof would also not work well. This is because snow can be heavy and the roof may not be able to handle the pressure. If you choose a flat roof, you can choose from different colors, such as red, black, and green. You will also love the way it sounds when it rains on the roof.

Talk to a roofing contractor about this information and they can give you many more details. For more information, contact a company like American Icon Home Improvements.