Overview of Roofing Types

As mentioned in several articles, your roof is an essential part of your home; thus, choosing the type and material of your roof is very important.  Although many people have mistaken the materials used with the roofing type, this article aims to educate and give more information to bridge this gap.  Deciding on the different roofing types to be used for your home is very important since there are effects when it comes to weather conditions as well as the home’s architecture.

Below are the basic types of roof design commonly used:

  • FLAT – Considered as easy to build and only require fewer materials as well as labor.  Although flat roofs don’t look that attractive, it is being used on modern style homes.
  • GABLED – Gabled roofs should be installed and appropriately braced to avoid any problems during strong winds.
  • CROSS GABLED – This roof type requires more construction material and labor due to the complex joints and bracing compared to GABLED roofs.
  • roofing typesFRONT GABLE – Quoting the article, front gables are being featured by some architectural styles like Cape Cods and Colonials.
  • GAMBREL – Another GABLED roofing types, although flattened.  This is commonly being featured in Dutch colonial-style homes and most American farmhouses.
  • HIPPED – Considered to be more aerodynamic than gabled roofs, hipped roofs allow better withstanding of high winds.
  • CROSS HIPPED – This has two sections that cross the same with a hipped roof.
  • PAVILION HIPPED – This roof is commonly used with Cape Cod, Colonial and Ranch style homes.
  • MANSARD – This roofing type features a flat area at the top instead of a triangular shape and is common with French Chateau and Ranch style homes.
  • SALT BOX – This is a gabled roof, but the two sides are not symmetrical.
  • SHED – Similar to a gabled roof that allows melting snow and rain to run off efficiently.