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Picture Dictionary of Roof Styles: Gambrel Roof

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The Dutch Colonial Revival Amityville Horror house in Amityville, New York has a gambrel roof.
Amityville Horror House in Amityville, New York

The Dutch Colonial Revival Amityville Horror house in Amityville, New York was the site of a horrific murder and the subject of the Amityville Horror book and movie about paranormal activities.

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A gambrel roof is a gable roof with two pitches. The lower section of the roof slopes gently up. Then, the roofline angles in form a steeper pitch.

Gambrel roofs are often called barn-shaped because the this roofing style is so often used on American barns. Many Dutch Colonial and Dutch Colonial Revival homes have gambrel roofs.

Similar Roof Styles and Types:

  • Gable
  • Hipped
  • Mansard
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