The pagoda roof


The pagoda roof is, although it is very rare to see, for many people known roof shape. In particular, Asian architecture is immediately associated with this construction. For DIY enthusiasts, the pagoda roof may have important importance, as it is used again and again in different smaller projects.

Shape and appearance of the pagoda roof

Basically, there are two different roof shapes, which are referred to equally as a pagoda roof.

  • swung upwards and towards the middle
  • like a square hipped roof, on the middle of which another, smaller hipped roof is placed

Different hard to carry out roof work

Both pagoda roofs represent a classic pagoda shape, with the roof-like roof with a smaller roof in the middle rather illustrates the Pagodenbauweise. In principle, this smaller roof can also be partially interpreted as a rider, as it is placed on the ridge. In the construction of this roof can be easily built by do-it-yourselfers.

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Demanding: the curved pagoda roof

The curved pagoda roof is already more complicated. Here you need specially prefabricated, curved rafters. Due to the necessary manufacturing steps, this design is explicitly more expensive in wood. The rounded roof can also be made in metal construction.

Use of pagoda roofs

The possibilities of using the pagoda roof are manifold. As a typical residential house roof, however, it is less questionable.

  • terrace roofs
  • carports
  • conservatories
  • free-standing roofs in the garden

Advantages of these Asian roof shapes

The pagoda roof with the second, smaller roof in the middle offers a clear advantage. In principle, the roof is open in the middle. This opening is protected by the smaller roof like a chimney canopy. This is a good ventilation of this roof. Thus, it is also very well suited to grill under such a roof, for example. For terraces this roof offers some advantages.

Not only in our time in the trend

On the other hand, the pagoda roof can usually be seen as a winter garden enclosure in the round, curved shape towards the middle. In this construction, it was also popular in the winter gardens of the past centuries. A special visual enhancement is the pagoda roof in a garden, if it is to be created, for example, as an Asian or Japanese garden.

Tips & Tricks

The designation as a pagoda roof is derived in particular from the design with the second, smaller roof in the middle of the roof of the main roof. In a pagoda, the individual floors are "stacked" in a similar way. The curved design is meanwhile derived from the conclusion of corresponding Asian pagodas with such a roof.

The pagoda is widely used in Asia as a mostly Buddhist temple. From this, the English translation "pagoda" for such temples is derived.

Of course, we also offer you many more informative articles in the house journal on different roof shapes and roof elements such as the gable or the hipped roof.


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