The Gambrel Roof, a Brief History

Here's a roof type that can be seen throughout the older cities as well as rural areas: the gambrel roof.   With the availability of long straight roofing materials today, the gambrel is a stylistic statement that is softer and less tall than a conventional straight pitch with the same span.  But it's roots are in a time where materials were used more judiciously and it  balanced efficiency and aesthetics.   This video explores this roof style's history and how we build it today.