Roofing Styles

Gable and Hip Roof Styles PictureThere are many different roofing styles that can be used for the roof of your home. Many of the styles are common and can be found on homes from California to Washington D.C., but some of the roofing styles are more regional, designed to deal with the weather and temperatures common to a certain area of the nation.

Choosing a roofing style for your home will depend on your personal preference and the existing style of your home.

Gable Roofing Styles

Some of the most common roofing styles used today are gable roofing styles, characterized by two roof faces of the same size that are pitched at the same angle on either side of the home. The gable roof forms a peak at the center of the roof that is typically capped by a ridge and appears as a triangular shape to the people that view them. Common gable roofing styles include the side gable roof, the front gable roof, the cross gable roof, and the Dutch gable roof.

Gable roofing styles are very popular for do-it-yourself home improvement projects because of the ease of completing the project. Purchasing the materials and tools for creating the roof is generally less expensive than with other roofing styles and the common nature of these types of roofs means that all the materials for completing the project can be easily found.

These types of roofs are good for draining water away from the roof and generally provide the most ceiling space for the home, but they are not very good in high wind areas and can become damaged if not braced properly.

Hip Roofing Styles

Another common roofing style used for homes across the nation is the hip roofing style, characterized by sloping roof faces that meet the sides of the home. These styles of roofs are a more involved home improvement project than the more common gable roofing style, but hip roofs are considered sturdier because they have better internal bracing.

Many individuals that are building a home from the foundation up prefer to use hip roofing styles because the walls of the home are easier to build all the same height.

There are five different hip roofing styles that may be used on your home. The simple hip roof has two triangular faces and two polygon faces while the pyramid hip roof has four triangular faces rising to a point in the center of the home.

The cross hip roof resembles two hip roofs attached together and the half hip roof has two sides that are shortened to create a type of eave on the shorter sides.

The last hip roof style is a kind of hybrid between the hip roofing style and the gable roofing style called a Dutch gable hip roof, which offers more internal space for storage or for extending the rooms of the home.

Flat Roofing Styles

Common in the drier areas of the southwest and other areas that have a dry climate, the flat roofing style is one of the easiest for a homeowner to replicate. A flat roof is generally sloped slightly to allow the water to drain off of the roof because standing water on a flat roof for a long period of time is a recipe for disaster for the homeowner.

The materials used to create a flat roof are typically cheaper to purchase but must be replaced at shorter intervals than the materials used for other styles of roofing.

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