Common Residential Roof Types

If you are building a new home or considering a new style of roof for your existing house, you’ll be glad to hear you have several styles to choose from. Today we briefly describe each roof type to give you more information on what is available. Of course, we can discuss the types in detail in person, via chat, email, or phone if you need more information.

Gable Roof

One of the most popular roof types, the Gable is easy to build, provides for ventilation, shed water well, and can be applied to a variety of house designs and shapes.

Hip Roof

Being slightly more difficult to build than a gable, the Hip Roof is a popular choice among homeowners and builders. While a generally good roof, it doesn’t provide ventilation as well as other types and is more prone to leakage due to the hips and valleys.


Providing not only a roof over your head but walls as well, this frame type was originally used for cottages but in recent years home, churches and other structure began using the design.

Flat Roof

Exactly what it sounds like, a flat roof, is considered the most economical roof to build, but it doesn’t do anything for the aesthetics of a home. It is actually made up of layers of roof (a “built-up roof”), rather than conventional shingles. The layers of a “built-up roof consist of layers of roofing, felt, and tar topped with gravel. Most “flat” roofs are actually pitches 1/8 to 1/2 and inch per foot to aid in draining. Flat roofs are very popular in warmer areas (especially here in the south) where wide overhangs are desired and snow rarely falls.

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