Designing the right roof rake
Among the important details on a roof is the rake, the sloping edge along the end wall of a gable, shed, or gambrel roof
Because of its prominence, the roof is a significant element in the shape of a house or an outbuilding. One critical detail of roof appearance is the rake, the sloping edge along the end wall of a gable, shed, or gambrel roof. (Not every type of roof has a rake; hipped, mansard, and flat roofs do not.) Roof rakes generally fall into one of two primary categories: overhanging or clipped. Overhanging rakes can be open or closed, and further differentiated as extended or short.
The rake you choose should be based on the design goals for the roof. For instance, if you desire a generous, sheltering roof, an overhanging rake detail is appropriate. If you prefer a roof in which the planes of the roof and the walls fold together to form a taut geometry, a clipped rake is the best choice. Keep in mind that the rake detail should be compatible with the eave detail (the roof’s horizontal edge). The following examples demonstrate how several common roof rakes complement the architecture of the house they adorn.
A deep rake suits a deep eave on this formal, traditional home. The matching rake and eave unify this dressy elevation. Paired brackets with one dimension matching the depth of the overhang visually support the roof. The tall frieze board that receives the brackets further serves to emphasize the roofline. Pairing the brackets lends them significance without bulk. The overall width of the typical bracket pair corresponds to the width of the corner pilaster. In turn, the pilaster is proportioned to support the frieze trim visually. Decorative accents such as those located on the center window’s head casing echo the bracket design that is on the eave and the rake.
In this case, it is an overhanging, closed, extended rake. The…