Need A New Roof For Your New Or Existing Home? Know Your Residential Roof Types!

Grand Manor stonegate gray (1)When building a new home or faced with getting a new roof on an existing home, knowing your options can help you navigate the complexities of getting a roof that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.

When it comes to residential roofs, there are 4 common types.


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.

Discussing your vision for your roof along with a proper inspection from a proper roof contractor will help determine which roof type is best for you! Helping make sure your roof not only protects you for decades but looks great for years to come!

Call Atlanta Roofing Specialists today at 770-419-2222 to discuss your new roof ideas and for a FREE estimate today!

Scroll to Top