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Whether you’re building a brand-new home or thinking of doing some upgrades to your roof’s structure, you have numerous options when it comes to your roof’s style. 

But which styles are available to you and how can you choose the best one for yourself? 

Many factors can influence your decision, so the best approach is to do some research and weigh in all your options.

And to help you in that process, here is a list of some of the most popular roofing styles and their main characteristics. Read on!

Gable Roof

A gable roof is one of the most popular roofing styles among homeowners, which doesn’t come as a surprise. Its simple, yet distinctive triangular shape will fit in with nearly any type of home and architectural design.

These roofs have two pitched slopes that meet on the top, forming a ridge across the length of your home. And it is precisely these two pitched slopes that make this type of roof extremely efficient in shedding off snow and rain. This, in turn, prevents any water pooling on top and minimizes the risk of leaks along the way.

The installation of gable roofs is less complex in comparison to other roofing styles, which makes them more affordable.

Hip Roof

A hip roof is very similar in style to gable roofs, but it has two additional slopes. While gable roofs only have two slopes on the opposite sides, a hip roof has four of them, one on each side of the house.

Due to the increased number of slopes, hip roofs are known to better withstand more severe weather, such as high winds and hurricanes. And just like gable roofs, they can also shed off rain and snow pretty easily, minimizing the risk of water damage. 

Hip roofs are known to be very durable and strong, thus increasing your home’s safety and keeping you well-protected.

Flat Roof

Usually, when we talk about flat roofs, we talk about commercial properties and buildings because flat roofs are primarily seen there. However, lately, they are also gaining in popularity when it comes to residential homes.

A flat roof will be an excellent choice for your home because it will make it look rather unique. Your home will stand out among all other pitched-roof homes in the neighborhood and have great curb appeal.

Flat roofs are also among the simpler roofing systems and their installation process requires less labor. This, in turn, means that your roof replacement or installation will be less costly.

Gambrel Roof   

Due to its specific shape and common use on barns, a gambrel roof is also known as a barn roof. This type of roof consists of two parts on the opposite sides of a house and each of these parts further consists of two connecting slopes. 

The upper slopes have a gentle steep, while the lower ones are significantly steeper, hanging almost vertically on the side of your home. These steep slopes will allow snow and rainwater to slide off of your roof fairly easily, minimizing the risk of leaks.

And the added benefit of the less steep slopes at the top is that they will provide you with additional space at the top of your house, which you can transform into a room or storage space.

Apart from that, a gambrel roof comes with a unique and rustic look that will undoubtedly enhance your home’s curb appeal. 

Which Style Is Ideal for Your Home?

Now that you are familiar with some of the best roofing styles, all that is left is to choose your favorite one, the one that is ideal for your specific home.

Your local roof replacement company will be more than happy to advise you and help you in this process, so don’t hesitate to contact us anytime!

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