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Parapet Walls – Types and Uses

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A parapet wall is a low or dwarf wall built along the edge of the roof, terrace, walkway, balcony etc. Parapet walls can be constructed using different materials like reinforced cement concrete, steel, aluminium, glass etc. Different types of parapet walls and their uses are discussed below.

Types of Parapet Walls

Classification Based on Appearance

Parapet walls are classified into following types based on appearance :

  1. Plain Parapet Walls
  2. Perforated Parapet Walls
  3. Embattled Parapet Walls
  4. Paneled Parapet Walls

1. Plain Parapet Walls

Fig 1: House with Plain Parapet Wall

2. Perforated Parapet Walls

Fig 2: Perforated Parapet Wall

3. Paneled Parapet Walls

Fig 3: Paneled Parapet Wall

Embattled Parapet Walls

Fig 4: Embattled Parapet Wall ( Great Wall of China)

Classification Based on Shape and Configuration

Parapet walls are also classified based on the shape and configuration as follows:

  1. Sloped Parapet Wall
  2. Stepped Parapet Wall
  3. Flat Parapet Wall
  4. Curved Parapet Wall

1. Sloped Parapet Wall

Sloped parapet walls are provided for sloped roof structures such as industrial structures, trussed structures etc.

Fig 5: Sloped Parapet Wall

2. Flat Parapet Wall

Flat parapet walls are recommended for flat roof structures.

Fig 6: Flat Parapet Wall

3. Stepped Parapet Wall

Stepped parapet walls are also used for inclined roof structures. In this case, the wall is constructed in staircase-type design as shown in the figure below.

Fig 7: Stepped Parapet Wall

4. Curved Parapet Wall

Curved parapet walls also called as arched parapet walls are recommended for both flat and inclined rooftops.

Fig 8: Curved Parapet Wall

Miscellaneous Parapet types

Fig 9: Fiberglass and Steel Railing Parapet Wall

Uses of Parapet Walls

Parapet walls constructed have various uses. Some of them are :

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