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They get a lot more complicated than the roof above, but I'll use it to illustrate a basic point. If all the roof surfaces are all at the same slope as they are in most instances, then for purposes of finding the surface area of the roof, you can forget about all the hips and valleys, the dormer windows and the Dutch gables. Just measure the rectangular areas on plan and multiply them by the slope ratio.After reading the previous paragraph I'd be fairly certain that if you have not come across this before then you would be saying to yourself "that's bulls**t , it can't be so easy". Of course you didn't say that 'cos you've already had a peek at the sketches below.
The sketch above is what a cardboard model of the roof would look like if it was pressed flat onto a table, just holding together at the ridges. I found out the lengths of the sloping sides by multiplying their plan lengths by the slop ratio. I used the same pitch as in the previous example, 12 : 12 or 45 degrees that gives a slope ratio of 1.41. Note that the edges that are horizontal, the eaves and the ridges remain the same length. The do not change, only the sloping ones change.
Now here we get to the nitty gritty of it all. Still imagining that what you see is a cardboard model, then by cutting the triangular areas off and rotating them and repositioning them it is easy to see that what we have is just two ordinary rectangles. So for purposes of estimating the roof cladding surface area, be it tiles shingles or corrugated iron, then calculate the square area of the two rectangular areas on the plan. Add them together and multiply...once only... by the slope ratio.So here it is, once again with my cheap calculator and taking the same slope ratio from the previous page. "Easy as... eh?" If you didn't find exactly what you are looking for try this search tool that will search the site and the web. 
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