Mansard roof
Photo: Nancy Andrews
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Mansard roofs are a type of hip roof where each sloping section is divided in two. To create maximum space under the roof, the section near the walls rises steeply. Then the roof continues at a milder pitch toward the center. Standing on the ground, you see only the steep section and may think that the house is flat on top. Mansard roofs are common on buildings with styles borrowed from France.
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