Styles Of Roofs

There are really only three styles of roofs – gable, hipped, and flat. There are, however, limitless variations available in a whole host of roofing materials. Let’s examine the main types, along with common custom variations

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Styles Of Roofs

Gable
The simplest and most common roof type is the gable roof. They are the easiest to install and are more efficient in terms of use of materials than other roof types. While you can make them more complicated and expensive by adding dormers and other details or increasing the pitch, a gable roof is generally inexpensive and simple. Learn more on gable roofs.

Hipped Roof
The second type discussed in most guides to roof types is the hipped roof. A hipped roof has four sides that sides that connect at the corners like a pyramid. A square hipped roof may have four sides forming a perfect pyramid, or a more typical one may be made of two triangles and two trapezoidal planes. When the pitch and ground area remain the same, a hipped roof and gabled one will be the exact same size. Because of some waste and construction differences, however, the hipped roof will use a good bit more materials. Like gabled roofs, hipped roofs will become more expensive when adding architectural details such as dormers and valleys. Read more on a hipped roof.


Flat Roofs
Flat roofs are a popular choice for some types of construction, but can be problematic. In colder climates ice build up can impede drainage, leading to leaks and water damage. With a variety of materials and aesthetic qualities available, a flat roof has the two primary advantages of making it convenient to install and change roof-top additions such as solar panels, and also providing a potential extra living space. Discover more on flat roofs.

Mansard
Once you’ve chosen a basic roof type, there are assorted variations to consider. A mansard roof is basically a high-pitched hipped roof with the peak replaced by a flat rood section. A shed roof can be considered a half-gable roof. A single roof plane without a ridge, the shed roof is usually seen on small structures or additions to existing buildings.

Dormer
A dormer is a small addition to a roof. It is usually a decorative window structure, although it’s possible to create a dormer without a window. They are generally used to increase the natural light or space in an attic room with the use or dormer windows.

Rooftop Gardens And Patios
Rooftop gardens and patios are common in some areas. With the correct choice of materials and features a flat roof can extend the usable area of your home. The wrong choices, however, can lead to damage and leaks.