An Introduction to Roof Types
For reasons both pragmatic and stylistically, different roof types exist. The majority of the time, a reputable roofer like Born Again will recommend a specific roof type based on a few key components. Bear in mind that there is a sizable selection of different roof types. They usually range from the most popular to the incredibly niche. While we typically operate in the popular sector, we have no problem taking on the more unique requests so long as they can be incorporated into your building’s bones. A lot of the time, people won’t even pay too much mind to their roof types until their forced to replace or rebuild. However, generally most commercial, and residential properties fall into one of a few types.
The Most Common Roof Types and Their Purpose(s)
Gable Roof: The gable roof is one of the most reliable roofing prototypes in existence. While the gable roof can definitely be modified in various ways, at its core, it is a reliable roof type designed to combat precipitation and weather woes. The design is also easy to execute as it follows a simple formula of square/rectangle base, and two slopes culminating in a peak. It’s a tented roof that provides a lot of protection against leaks and other weather-related irritants. Fortunately, it is one of the most simple and easy models to install and requires a relatively low level of maintenance.
In short, the gable roof is good for: shedding water, preventing leaks due to its anatomy, easy installation and repair, and proper ventilation.
Where the gable roof falls short: prone to wind damage and potentially catastrophic if installed incorrectly.
Clipped Gable: As previously mentioned, there are many variations of the traditional gabled roof. The clipped gable is one of the most popular. A clipped gable, also known as a jerkinhead or hipped gable roof, has a small edge at its peak point where the two slopes merge. When it comes to functionality and aesthetics, this small tweak in the anatomy can lead to massive structural and visual changes. For example, the small clip on the front of your home can showcase beautiful roofing material such as shingles or give the opportunity for a small window installation in the attic area. Ultimately, a clipped gable will most commonly appear on craftsman or bungalow-style homes.
In short, the clipped gable is good for: stunning visuals, a focus on your home’s shingles, shading upper windows, reducing winds.
Where the clipped gable falls short; minimal headspace on the upper level (attic) and increased costs compared to the basic gable.
Dutch Gable: You guessed it, yet another variation of the gable roof! However, the Dutch can be easily identified as a combination of a hip roof and a gable roof. It boasts a hipped surface on the front of the home, but with a tiny gable or “gablet” up top. This specific space is just enough for the installation of a small window, or balcony. Because this type of roof allows for more natural light flow, it’s ideal for homeowners who want to utilize their upper-floor attic space.
In short, the Dutch Gable is good for: Increased natural light flow, a good natural heater in the winter. A more unique aesthetic choice and can work with nearly any kind of roofing material.
Where the Dutch Gable falls short: The multiple pitch infrastructure makes for complex installation. The commonly used asphalt shingles can erode quickly with this design making metal the ideal choice.
Flat: By and large the flat roof has become nearly synonymous with commercial buildings. If it is to be seen on a residential building, it has a very niche style. Generally, homes with a multi-level design or an attached garage can utilize the flat roof approach in a few distinctive ways. Despite its namesake, flat roofs do have a very slight slope to their build in order to promote water run-off and prevent pooling. Flat roofs are versatile in terms of the materials used ranging from rubber to asphalt, and even garden terrace tops. Yes, a flat roof can create a fully sustainable garden and is perfect for those plants that need hours of direct sunlight. In essence, these are very versatile options that can lead to a lot of artistic ingenuity and creativity. However, if installed incorrectly, you’re going to be in for a world of potential issues.
In short, the flat roof is good for: Optimized use of space (it can be converted to outdoor living), fast and easy to install, allows room for sustainable energy projects such as solar panels. Virtually no issues with drainage (if installed correctly).
Where the flat roof falls short: higher likelihood of pooling water (if installed incorrectly and in general), without proper maintenance and installation it can significantly cut its lifespan down, a garden flat roof (while stunning) adds a whole other dimension of pests and other living creatures).
Hip: A hip roof has four sides of equal proportions and sides that come to a point at the center of the roof. In some ways, it resembles a pyramid shape but through four-side optics. This type of roof style will make whatever building materials you use very obvious. This isn’t necessarily a negative, although you will want to ensure that you enjoy the material you use and want to show it off. Before selecting materials, ensure you have thoroughly explored your options and choose wisely. Hip roofs are common in 70s style ramblers and single-story homes with a mid-century modern appeal.
In short, the hip roof is good for: withstanding high winds (good for Mississippi), ideal for areas with a lot of snow (not needed in Mississippi), and very sturdy due to its anatomy.
Where the hip roof falls short: Costly, complex to install and maintain, can lead to poor ventilation, and creates less room for an attic.
A Style Curated Just For You
The aforementioned are just a few options available to you when retaining our roofing services. Here are some other honorable mentions for roof styles: Mansard, Shed, Gambrel, Half Hipped, Cross Gabled, and so on and so forth.
Our team at Born Again is happy to help you find the ideal roof style for your functional and visual needs. When it comes to roofing, we’ve seen it all, and we’re happy to discuss any of the options at your behest.
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