What are the Six Basic Roof Styles?

If you are looking to construct a new home and aren’t sure which roof style you should pick. Here are six designs and roof styles to think about.

  1. Gable

Two slopes that form a ridge. This roof is ideal for homes in cold weather climates and a relatively affordable style of roof to build and maintain.

  1. Flat

A flat roof is just as it sounds and appears on most modern style homes, commercial buildings and multi-residential buildings like apartments. Flat roofs do have somewhat difficulty in draining water if poorly installed.

  1. Hip

A hip roof has slopes on all four sides. There are two different types of roofs. One is a pyramid hip roof where the four sides meet at the tip of the roof, making a point; whereas a simple hip roof doesn’t all meet. Either hip style roofs tend to be more stable than gable roofs and look more elaborate in design and tends to be a more expensive option compared to a gable style roof.

  1. Gambrel

A gambrel roof is a symmetrical two-sided roof with two slopes. Many mistake this type of a roof for a barn! If you are wanting a home with good attic space and good drainage, the gambrel style roof is a good choice for you.

  1. Mansard

Mansard roof styles are a hipped gambrel roof with two slopes on each side. This roof design typically looks French (think early 17th century) and can create a historical look to your home. Another benefit of this roof style is the amount of attic space it offers and the flexibility for your house to look bigger.

  1. Salt Box

A salt box roof style is short on one side and long on the other. This asymmetrical roof is unique for it’s design and is weather-resistant as it easily sheds water.

If you need help deciding what type of roof to put on your new home, call BB Roofing today. BB Roofing is the roof expert in Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa and will ensure your home has the best roof for your needs.

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