Types of Roofs: A brief


Choose the right type of roof can make all the difference. Whether you are building a new house or making some much-needed house improvements; focusing on the best-suited roof is a must. It may surprise you that there are actually a lot of different roof types available on the market; here in this article, we will focus on four main types of roofs.

1. Gable Roof

If you are living in an area that is prone to thunderstorms accompanied by high winds or in a place that is prone to hurricanes then having a Gable roof is signing up for a death sentence. The Gable roof is one of the most common types of roof for singular housing units, but the biggest problem with this type of roof is its simplistic design. The roof is designed as an upside-down V that is effective for drainage of water, but the design is not wind resistant. Lack of wind resistance makes the roof pick up the wind like a sailboat and can end up causing major damage and wreckage.

2. Flat Roof

Apartment complexes and multiple housing units tend to have the simplest of roofs. These roofs are often seen across the world and are not built with the environment as a factor. The roofs retain a lot of heat and are difficult to drain water but are very cheap to construct hence they are preferred over other types of roofs.


3. Hip Roof

If you are looking to build a roof that has great wind resistance coupled with great drainage; then you should be looking at the rectangular or square roof that is slanted at every end, with little to no vertical roof line. The structure is much more complex than the previously mentioned roofs due to the architectural and constructional obstacles that lie ahead in building such a roof. Hip roofs are still commonly used in areas with residential buildings due to their advantages.

4. Gambrel Roof

This type of roof is quite common in suburban areas in the United States. The Gambrel roof is often called the barn roof because of barns are specifically designed to provide a large attic space. The roof can be used on residential units as well. The attic space provided by gambrel roof is quite spacious that the attics are often converted into living spaces. More and more construction companies are preferring not to use the gambrel roof, due to the attic space not being used for any purpose other than minimal storage.