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Most Common Types of Roof. 

When you decide on getting a new roof for your house, you’ll be presented with a wide variety of roofs that differ in designs, shapes and styles. If you don’t familiarize yourself with all these types of roofs and their specific characteristics, you may fall into the clutches of great confusion and bafflement. If you yourself are not clear about the kind of roof you want over your head, you’re likely to be swayed into buying something that’s costlier and poles apart from what you initially had in mind. 

Take charge of your decisions and educate yourself regarding all types of roofs that are commonly available and choose your roof accordingly. Thankfully, there’s no need for you to wreck your brains trying to achieve this because we’re here to make this task a lot simpler for you. Read on to be introduced to the 8 most common types of roofs that you can choose from. 


Most Common Types of Roof: 

  • Gambrel Roof

These are roofs that resemble classic red barns with white-hued trims. This consists of two slopes, one that is steep and the other that is comparatively gentle. Unlike the Mansard roof, this one isn’t hipped and has vertical gable ends. These roofs provide an elegant and aesthetic look to the houses and also allows for increased storage beneath the steeper slopes. If you are looking for a roof that maximizes your headroom in the upper story of your house, a Gambrel Roof is exactly what you should opt for. 


  • Hip Roof 

A hip roof consists of four slopes that are equal in length. These slopes meet to create a simple ridge. There are other variations of Hip roofs that have two shorter sides with eaves and are known as half-hip. Hip roofs require less diagonal bracing and are thus better resistant to roof damage when compared to gable roofs. Hip roofs are commonly spotted in cottages and bungalows but are now being used in several different types of structures. Because of its design, a large section of these roofs will cover the exterior look of your house, so you must choose your shingles accordingly. 


  • Mansard Roof 

Mansard roofs take inspiration from French architecture and thus its classic shape consists of four sides with double slopes with very steep lower slopes. This helps homeowners to make great use of the upper story of their houses with multiple windows and large interior attics. This design, although originated in France, quickly made its way into the hearts of all Americans due to its elegant and posh style. This type of roof might look similar to a Gambrel roof but this displays the same profile from all sides. The Louvre Museum in Paris is one of the most popular examples of this kind of roof. 

  • Flat Roof

When you think of flat roofs, images of industrial buildings and malls are going to pop up in your mind and rightly so. Mid-century modern architects have been experimenting with flat roofs since the beginning of 1950s and have been successfully building flat-roofed houses for movie stars and high-profile businessmen from around the country. These roofs help in providing a large plan for floors and also blend well with the environment. But flat roofs cannot be completely flat because then it would cause a huge water drainage problem. There must be some inclination to ensure proper drainage. 


  • Shed Roof

If you want your house to have an ultra-modern look, then you must go for Shed roofs. These roofs slightly resemble a traditional gable roof but not quite. This structure has been in use for quite some time for building the roof of porches and additions but now is being extensively used to grace the entire structure with modern finesse. These have very steep slopes that help with water run-off. This type of roof allows the owner to add some interesting touches with large picture windows on the front side of the building or small glass pane rows beneath the roof. 


  • Gable Roof

Gable roofs are the roofs you drew as a child in the form of a crayon drawing of a house. A triangle with a base resting on the top of the house and two sides meeting at the ridge. Slopes can be either very steep resembling a chalet or a gentle grade. This is a very popular roof style that works well with almost all kinds of house designs. You can modify it with front gables or crossed gables at right angles, according to the kind of look you want for your house. There can be several types of Gable roofs such as False-front Gable and L-shaped gable roofs. 


  • Clipped Gable Types of Roof

Clipped Gable roof is also called Bullnose for its unique structure that combines the basic shape of a gable with the “bent-in” element from hip roofs. Instead of rising to a point, the gable gets clipped and slops downward presenting the house with a very distinctive and intriguing look. This creates small hips at the two ends of the ridge of the roof. These roofs are a very common feature in bungalow homes. The clipped portions add architectural detail to the house and showcase exceptional performance. 


  • Dutch Gable Types of Roof 

This is another combination style roof using elements of gable roofs and fusing them with certain characteristics of hip roofs. In this structure, a small gable roof, called a gable, is placed over a traditional hip roof. The gable part of the roof gives homeowners enough space on the upper story to make interior attics and windows for additional sunlight. Dutch gable roofs accommodate advantages of both the hip roof and the gable roof into one roof. 


Water from rain or melted snow can cause drainage problems if your slopes aren’t steep enough. On the other hand, the steeper the slope of the roof, the more visible it would be from the surface. For this reason, the color, design, and type of roof shingles used, also plays a major role in determining the completed look of your house. Study each of these variants properly and make an informed choice. 

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