Homes are distinguished not only by their shape and size but more importantly by the type of roof that is built on top of them. The reason why the material used to construct a roof is so important is that it’s more than just about how long a home will last or what kind of upkeep needs to be done. A roof represents the initial impression upon first seeing the exterior; more importantly, it has an aesthetic function in order to make each home distinct from any other. Homeowners may look into making improvements on their roofs with different types of shingles or tiles, even adding new designs like gables and dormers to give homes character and style.
There are four main categories that homes can fall under when deciding on a roof type: gable, shed, flat and hip. For homes that don’t fall under these categories (i.e. they do not have a triangular shape and they do not have four sides), custom roof designs can be built in order to fit the needs of the homeowner and the structure’s design.
Gable roofs are most commonly found on residences; they usually feature two ‘triangular’ sides with an inverted “V” shape at both ends. The main benefit about this type of roof is that it provides ample space for people to add additional rooms like attics or basements, even adding loft spaces above bedrooms or offices underneath larger dormers that protrude from either end of the house. A downside about using this style is that it requires more material than most other roof styles, making the home itself more expensive.
Designed with just one “sloping” side that can be either curved or straight, shed roofs are usually used on garages and smaller storage buildings like barns. They require less material than gable roofs do but they tend to not provide as much headroom for interior spaces, so this type of roof is typically only found on small structures. This is due to the fact that using a shed-style roof on larger buildings would cause the weight of the structure to put too much pressure on the walls holding it up; resulting in structural damage like cracking (especially if extra floors are added) and warping.
The simplest and least expensive type of roof, flat roofs are most often found on industrial buildings since they provide the least amount of headroom. This is due to the fact that flat roofs do not terminate anywhere; as such, water will accumulate on them very easily and this kind of roof does not drain off very well. As a result, this type of roof requires special waterproofing techniques in order for it to the last long-term with minimal problems.
Hip roofs feature four sides that come together to form a ridge at the top. They’re great for smaller homes and they require fewer materials than gable or shed styles do, but they can be difficult to make extra rooms under them unless an extension of the roof is added (such as with a gable).
Knowing which style of roof you want for your home can help improve its curb appeal, but it’s also important to consider where you live before choosing what kind of roof to put on. Larger cities like Chicago experience very high amounts of snowfall during the winter months; flat roofs are virtually useless at keeping people warm and dry in these areas because they tend to accumulate large amounts of water that then freezes into ice. This causes damage to the structural integrity of flat roofs over time. On the other hand, building materials for homes built along coastal regions require special TLC due to extreme weather conditions like hurricanes and typhoons; so if you live near an area where natural disasters are common, it’s best to consult with a roofing company about the materials they recommend for your personal situation.
Difference Between Gable, Shed, Flat and Hip Roofs
Gable roofs are the most common, as they provide a lot of space for people to add on rooms like attics and basements. The downside to this type of roof is that it takes more material than other styles do, meaning your home will cost more. They also require a lot of maintenance.
Shed roofs are typically found on garages and small storage buildings, as they provide the least amount of headroom for rooms inside. They require less material than gable roofs do but they don’t drain as well as other styles do, so this is not a good choice if you live in an area where rain is common. One pro is that they’re cheaper than other styles.
Flat roofs are the simplest and cheapest types of roofing, as they have no ‘peak’ to them whatsoever. However, they aren’t very durable and they don’t drain off very easily, which means water tends to accumulate on flat roofs much easier. This kind of roofing isn’t recommended for homes built in areas with heavy snowfall because it could damage the structural integrity of the home over time. Meanwhile, homeowners living in coastal areas should be wary about building materials for homes; because natural disasters like hurricanes and typhoons are common in these regions, consulting a roofing company is the best way to find out what type of material will work best.
Flat roofs are most commonly found on industrial buildings because they offer the least amount of headroom. This type of roof is difficult to keep warm and dry in areas that get a lot of snowfall due to the fact that it easily accumulates water and freezes into ice over time. If you live near an area where natural disasters occur often, materials recommended by roofing companies will be different than those used on homes built along coastal regions.
Shed roofs are typically used for small buildings like storage garages or barns because they don’t need as much material as a gable roof does. They also usually have less headroom, so these types of roofs are best for small buildings.
Hip roofs have four sloping sides that come together to form a ridge at the top. They take up less material than gable or shed styles do, but they can be difficult to use for adding on rooms if the style doesn’t terminate anywhere (like with a gable). They’re good for homes that are being built in colder climates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What kind of roof do I need for my home?
The answer depends on a few factors: where you live, the materials of the roof, and what you need from your roof. For homes built in warmer climates, flat roofs are popular because they provide a cooling effect. In colder climates with heavy snowfall, gable roofs work best to keep people warm and dry. Flat roofs are also common on industrial buildings because they offer less headroom. Gable roofs are best for homes because they can be built in a way to provide extra space (like an attic). Flat roofs are the least expensive but they don’t drain well and take up more material, which means you’ll spend more money on materials. Shed roofs aren’t as common as gable or flat types; these work well for small buildings that wouldn’t benefit much from another type of roof style.
Some homes use roofs with more than one of these types; some might have shed roofs on the ends, while flat roofs are used for the rest of the structure. It all depends on your needs and location. If you’re concerned about how much it will cost or what kind of material your roof will be made out of, consult a roofing company that can help you get an estimate on labor costs and give suggestions based on regional weather conditions.
Q. What are the different types of roofs?
A. The most common types are gable, gable-hip, hip-and-valley, flat, shed, and mansard. There are also combinations of these roof styles (such as a gambrel hip roof).
Q. Where do I find information about materials for my new roof?
A. You can consult with professionals who work in the field; many people nowadays search for reviews of companies before hiring them to get an idea of how well they handle their customers’ requests (and whether they’re worth your time and money). Reading reviews on Google or Yelp is helpful if you don’t know where else to start looking.