Hipped Roofs

A Hipped roof is one of the most versatile and popular types of roofs. Found on many structures from houses and apartments to offices and shopping centers, a hipped roof can be used to complement a variety of building styles but are most commonly used on ranch style homes. They create a solid but attractive profile when combined with a low and sprawling structure.

“As you decide which roof type is best for your home, you will want to consider several factors. In addition to choosing a roof that looks nice on your home, you will want to consider the temperatures and winds your home is exposed to.”

Basics Of A Hipped Roof

Hip roofs will have four sides and a fairly gentle slope. Compared to other roof types, a hipped roof is more stable and can withstand high winds, while a flat roof is going to be best if you’re planning on making use of solar panels and gable roofs are inexpensive and traditional. Dutch hip roofs are a variation on the standard. Similar to traditional hipped roofs, it has a small gable close to the top of the roof line. A small gable or dormer can also be added in the middle to serve as an attic or living area window. These additions give you the strength and stability of a hip roof while adding the ventilation of a gable roof.

Prices Of Hip Roofs

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Advantages Of A Hipped Roof

Aerodynamic Design
A hipped roof have a more aerodynamic design than other roof types. The risk of structural damage due to wind is greatly reduced in homes with these roofs. In areas subject to tornadoes, hurricanes, and other high winds, hip roofs are usually the best choice. They can withstand strong winds that will destroy other roof types.

Variations And Features
There are several variations that you can employ to customize your roof. These small features can turn a drab and boring roof identical to its neighbors into a unique structure that really shows personality. Even small modifications can create an unusual and striking roof line and add a personal touch. In addition to making a roof look nice, some extras such as gables can increase your attic ventilation. Good ventilation is critical to a healthy and long-lasting roof.

Lower Pitch
A hip roof generally have a low to moderate pitch. A steeper pitch, or tented roof, is more commonly seen on churches. Lower pitched hip roofs will use less materials and leave less unusable attic space. A good balance between cost, appearance, and function is vital. Pitch must be steep enough for proper drainage. Too steep of a slant, however, will create a roof that cannot withstand powerful winds.

Another roof variation is the overhang. Hip roofs extend a bit past the eaves. The distance you choose to extend the roof is unique to each roof. A large overhang creates shade and protects the walls from weather effects. Well shaded homes are more energy efficient and often more comfortable during extreme temperatures. If the overhang is too large there may be weaknesses during windy conditions.


The primary disadvantages to a hipped roof are drainage and costs. While they drain reasonably well, they can be susceptible to leaks. Ventilation can be a problem as well, so adding a dormer at each end can be both attractive and functional.

More Expensive
A hipped roof use more materials and are more complicated to build than some types. The trusses are more complex and take more time. When pricing roofs, be sure to consider the size and style of roof in addition to the materials desired. Labor rates can vary widely from town to town and are often the largest part of your cost.