HISTORY OF Mansard Roof

The mansard roof holds a special place, having made its first prominent appearance in the 16th century. Its name is derived from the famed French architect François Mansart, who significantly popularized this roofing style during the Renaissance period. This roofing design was further embraced in the 17th century, witnessing a resurgence in popularity during the Haussmann renovation of Paris. 

With a blend of aesthetic elegance and functional design, it seamlessly melded into the fabric of Baroque, Renaissance, and even Neoclassical architecture. Its influence permeated across borders, marking a significant presence in the urban landscapes of many European cities and later finding its way to the Americas during the Second Empire in the mid-19th century.

What is its Purpose

The mansard roof, recognized by its dual-sloped sides on all four faces of the building, serves both practical and aesthetic functions. The upper slope, which is not easily visible from the ground, is pitched at a slight angle, while the lower slope is much steeper, almost resembling a vertical wall. 

This design serves to create additional living or storage space on the upper floors of a building, an aspect that was particularly appealing in urban settings where land was at a premium. Not only does it offer a means to add extra stories to a building without increasing its height significantly, but it also imparts a unique aesthetic quality, blending grandeur with functionality.

What Materials are Used in Mansard Roof

  1. Slate: Often utilized for its durability and aesthetic appeal, giving a luxurious finish.
  2. Metal: Due to its resistance to extreme weather conditions and longevity, it is a popular choice.
  3. Asphalt Shingles: A cost-effective material, easy to install and maintain.
  4. Wood Shingles: Adds a rustic and charming vibe, though it requires regular maintenance.
  5. Clay or Concrete Tiles: A durable choice, imparting a timeless and classic look.
  6. Synthetic Materials: Modern developments have introduced high-quality synthetic materials that mimic the appearance of traditional roofing materials, with the added benefits of durability and low maintenance.

Methods to Repair

Repairing a mansard roof requires a nuanced approach, given its distinctive structure. Initially, a thorough inspection is necessary to identify any damaged areas, especially on the lower, more steeply pitched sections, which are more prone to wear and tear. Due to the complexity of its design, specialized expertise may be needed for repairs. 

Replacing damaged shingles or tiles promptly can prevent leaks and further damage. Moreover, regular maintenance, including gutter cleaning and checking for signs of infestation or rot, is essential. The upper slope, being flatter, needs vigilant monitoring for water pooling and seepage. 

In case of extensive damage, refurbishment might be the best course of action, which could involve updating the insulation or even restructuring the roof to modern standards.

Roof Features

  1. Dual Slopes: The distinct two slopes on each side offer both aesthetics and functional benefits.
  2. Dormer Windows: Often feature protruding windows that provide light and space on the upper floors.
  3. Decorative Elements: The lower slope often accommodates intricate designs and embellishments, adding to the visual appeal.
  4. Flexibility in Material Choice: Allows for a diverse range of materials to be used, suiting different architectural styles and budgets.
  5. Eaves: Generally equipped with pronounced eaves, aiding in water runoff and adding character to the structure.

Different Types

  1. Straight Mansard: Features straight lines and angles, giving a more contemporary look.
  2. Convex Mansard: The lower slope exhibits a bulging, outward curve, imparting a bold and unique aesthetic.
  3. Concave Mansard: This type showcases an inward curving lower slope, offering a softer and more welcoming appearance.
  4. Flared Mansard: The lower slope flares out at the bottom, adding a touch of grandeur and visual complexity to the structure.

Advantages and Disadvantages

The mansard roof stands as a testament to architectural innovation, offering a bevy of advantages, including increased space, aesthetic versatility, and the potential to add additional stories to a building at a later stage. Its capacity to house attic rooms or full additional floors is a significant boon, especially in urban settings.

However, this roofing style is not without its downsides. The complexity of its structure means that construction and repair costs can be higher compared to more straightforward roofing designs. Its relatively flat upper slope can lead to pooling water and potential leakage issues, requiring a more proactive approach to maintenance. Additionally, it may not be the ideal choice in regions prone to heavy snowfall, as the flat upper sections might accumulate snow, posing a risk of damage.

Mansard Roof Services

Our Mansard roofing services are meticulously crafted to address your unique requirements with accuracy and expertise. Whether it’s a retail establishment, an office complex, or a multi-family dwelling, we extend the same level of commitment and proficiency to guarantee your roof endures through the ages.

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Tailored Solutions for Every Mansard Sector

Office Buildings

Specialized roofing solutions for office buildings, ensuring a professional, safe, and aesthetic environment. Our services fit the unique requirements of modern office infrastructures, promising longevity and resilience.

Retail Spaces

For retail spaces, the roof is more than just a shelter. It’s an integral part of the customer experience. Our expert solutions guarantee a roofing system that complements the aesthetics while providing unparalleled protection against natural elements.


Church roofs carry historical and architectural significance. We offer specialized services that preserve the sanctity and beauty of church roofs, employing materials and techniques that blend the traditional with the modern for a harmonious result.


Schools require roofing solutions that offer safety, durability, and functionality. We specialize in roofing systems built to withstand the daily rigors while offering a safe and secure environment for young minds to flourish.

Multi-Family Homes

In multi-family residences like apartments, the roofing needs are diverse and complex. Our services are designed to cater to these varied needs, offering solutions that promise durability, safety, and aesthetic appeal, enhancing the value and comfort of the residence.

Our Mansard Roof Installation Process

At Albert J. Jackson, Inc., we follow a systematic and thorough approach to ensure your roofing project is conducted with utmost precision and excellence.

At this stage, we engage with you to understand your specific needs, preferences, and budget for the project. We offer expert recommendations and advice to help you make informed decisions regarding the choice of materials, design, and other essential aspects of the project.

Our team visits the site to conduct a detailed inspection and analysis. This step helps us gather essential data to plan the project more effectively, ensuring we address all potential challenges beforehand.

Based on the insights gathered during the site inspection, we developed a comprehensive project plan outlining the work scope, timeline, and estimated costs. We work collaboratively with you to finalize the plan, ensuring it aligns perfectly with your vision and goals.

Once the project plan is finalized, we proceed with the materials procurement. We source high-quality materials from reliable suppliers to confirm the durability and longevity of your roof.

During this phase, our skilled team of professionals undertakes the installation process. We adhere to the highest standards of workmanship, employing state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that the installation is conducted smoothly and efficiently.

After the installation, we conduct a thorough quality assurance check and inspection to ensure that the project meets our stringent standards of quality and excellence.

We will hand over the project to you upon completion and inspection, along with all necessary documentation.

Why Choose Albert J. Jackson, Inc.?

When you choose us, you are opting for a partnership that brings to the table services and solutions crafted from years of industry experience and expertise. 

Here’s why partnering with us is a decision steeped in value and reliability:

Unparalleled Expertise

With a rich legacy of serving diverse sectors, our team possesses the in-depth knowledge and expertise to handle projects of varying complexities. From initial consultations to the completion of the project, our experts guide you at every step.

Customized Solutions

Every project is unique at Albert J. Jackson, Inc., requiring a tailored approach for optimal results. Our strategies are designed after carefully analyzing your project requirements, ensuring innovative solutions align with your vision.

State-O-The-Art Technology

We stay abreast with the latest technological advancements in the ever-evolving commercial roofing field. Leveraging state-of-the-art tools and techniques, we promise roofing solutions that are aesthetically pleasing and functionally superior, setting new benchmarks in quality and durability.

Sustainable Practices

In our pursuit of excellence, we remain committed to sustainable practices. Our roofing solutions are designed to emphasize energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, promoting a greener and healthier environment.

Comprehensive After-Sales Service

Our responsibility does not end with project completion. We offer comprehensive after-sales service, ensuring that your roofing systems perform optimally through regular maintenance and inspections, extending the lifespan and maintaining aesthetic appeal.

Your Go-To Destination for Seamless Mansard Roof Installations

Our structured approach to mansard roof installations ensures a hassle-free experience characterized by professionalism, expertise, and a deep-seated commitment to achieving client satisfaction. 

Choose Albert J. Jackson, Inc. for a partnership that promises quality, transparency, and excellence at every step.

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