13 Different Types of Roofs for New Homeowners

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So you are getting ready to build the home of your dreams. You’ve saved every penny. You’ve drawn up your plans.

Now is the time to make your dream a reality and dig your first full shovel of dirt on your way to building your first home.

Once you’ve built everything from the foundation up, now it’s time to pick the right roof out of all the different types of roofs available.

But picking the right roof for your home can be challenging, especially when you know very little about the different types of roofs. If you are familiar with what we provide here at SPS Roofing, then you already know that we are here to help!

So come along as we take you through the 13 different types of roofs for new homeowners.

1. Gable Roof

A gable roof is as classicly American as baseball or apple pie.

The roof forms a triangular shape by having two straight sides connecting in the center by gables on either side. These roofs are angled this way to keep rain and snow from collecting and leaking into your home.

This will be the perfect option if you are building your home in an area with a statistically high amount of snowfall.

These angular roofs can also provide enough space in your home to have a spacious attic or storage area.

Some popular style houses can have multiple different gables to create different peaks.

Depending on the amount of space you are working with, there are numerous combinations you can make with your gable style roof that can make it seem classic and unique at the same time.

This is one of the more classic options you can go with when deciding on different types of roofs.

2. Hip Roof

To go even further, you could opt to abandon the gables all together to form a hip roof.

Rather than using a wall to connect the two angled sides of roofing, a hip roof connects these two angles with two more roof extensions on either side.

This style of a roof can provide even more space on the top level and the points for each side of the roof no longer need to meet at such an acute angle.

These roofs have the same benefit when it comes to the elements but can accommodate for a larger space.

You should definitely keep in mind how you will use your space when considering these two different types of roofs.

3. Gambrel Roof

Out of all of the different types of roofs, gambrel roofs are generally not considered when thinking of homes.

They are most commonly used for barns and sheds, but they can also create a charming cover to your home.

The roof consists of four different straight panels that connect in an ascending way to form a shape that is like a half of a polygon.

This style of a roof was originally developed in order to maximize space and provide shelter to as many barnyard animals as possible.

With that being this style’s main intention, just think of how much you could fit into your home?

4. Mansard Roof

This French-influenced regal roof can be easily recognized from some of the world’s most famous buildings.

Both the Germania Life Insurance building in New York City and the Boulevard Haussmann in Paris share this sophisticated design.

It’s safe to say that it has yet to go out of style.

This elegant style was invented by French architect Francois Mansart in the 17th Century. According to Old House, Mansart’s objective was to create a dual pitched roof that could “squeeze a full floor of living space above the cornice line of a building without increasing the technical number of stories in the structure—an economically appealing bit of architectural legerdemain in a city like Paris where upward mobility, at least in buildings, was restricted or heavily taxed”.

So if you want to bring a certain sense of panache and sophistication to your home, consider mansard when you are looking through all of the different types of roofs.

5. Flat Roof

Another route you could take would be to abandon angled roofs all together and just go completely flat.

A flat roof can be as eye-popping in its understatement as any of the other bombastic styles on this list.

On the downside, it may not be ideal for areas with a large amount of snowfall. But if you live in an area that stays hot year round, there may be a benefit you may have never considered.

With the advancement of solar technology, many people are fitting their flat roofs with solar panels in order to save on energy costs.

Who knew you could save energy just by the kind of roof you choose for your new house?

6. Mono-Pitched Roof

Also known as the Skillion Roof in Australia, the Mono-Pitched roof design just screams “cutting edge”.

Commonly used in Victorian Times, the purpose of the mono-pitched roof was to rest the entire roof at an angle downward creating a sideways “V” shape for the entire structure.

This would put all of the weight and pressure on the tallest side of the building.

Even though it is a style that has been used for centuries, this style of a roof will always turn heads.

7. Jerkinhead Roof

Almost like a hybrid between a gable roof and a hip roof, the jerkinhead roof combines both the parallel angled roof panels but connects them with a slanted and elongated paneled gable known as a “Hipped Gabel”.

Found mostly on cottages and smaller homes, this style is much more humble than a Hip Roof and not quite as defined as a gabel roof.

This style can act as a happy medium just in case you cannot decide between the two. Because, hey, no one said deciding between different types of roofs would be easy!

8. Butterfly Roof

Now if you are planning on using your home as a tool to live off of the land, you may want to look no further than the butterfly roof.

With its parallel sides curved in towards the center of the household, the butterfly roof is shaped that way strategically to repurpose the outside elements to your benefit.

As Venessa Lord recently wrote for Mas-Mistral, “The main purpose of a butterfly roof is to collect water in the center of the home, usually in a holding tank. This water could then be used to water plants, to shower in, or even for drinking after purification. However, this requires some special infrastructure to be put into place in order to work properly. Even if you don’t reuse rainwater, butterfly roofs allow water to easily and quickly flow off of the roof, preventing water buildup and any potential water damage and mold growth.”

Given that it is one of the more bizarre looking out of the different types of roofs you will find, knowing that you can use your home to help gather your own water supply is pretty amazing!

9. Bonnet Roof

Bonnet roofs were created out of modification of the classic hipped roof to form a different type of roof altogether.

What sets the bonnet roof apart from the hipped roof is that the apex of the slope is much narrower than the outer base that connects to the walls.

The high peak created at the top of the roof generally houses (pardon the pun) a chimney and the base generally protrudes out and acts as a shelter over a porch.

If you look at it from afar, you could think of it as creating the illusion of a prairie bonnet.

Because of the taller ceiling height created, bonnet roofs can offer more attic space than a regular hipped roof.

The only downside is that they do not possess the same aerodynamic qualities as a hipped roof and can be susceptible to wind damage if your home is in the path of a powerful storm.

10. Saltbox Roof

A saltbox roof is yet another evolution from the gabel and hipped roof family, but is a different type of roof altogether.

This time the gabel roof is combined with the mono-pitched roof style in order to create one large gradually declining slope that meets at the highest peak only to go down the opposite side to create another smaller roof.

This style can combine the best of both worlds if you are considering one or the other.

Who says you can’t have it both ways?

The only problem you may face is that if you live in an area with heavier than average snowfall or if you are surrounded by forest, any large objects that could fall onto your roof may not have the same chances of sliding off as they would with a gabel or hipped roof.

11. Sawtooth roof

A sawtooth roof looks exactly how it sounds.

The roof is comprised of several different Mono-Pitched like roofs that create the effect of many different waves or the teeth in a saw.

Credited to the 19th-century British engineer and architect William Fairbairn, this system of multiple roofs was created in order to provide households and buildings with skylights that could light your home.

These skylights would be positioned inside of the wall holding the descending slope facing towards where the sun would rise and when the sun went down it would pass by the length of the roof.

Since it’s no longer important to follow the sun in its cycle, this style of roof is no longer as popular as it once was.

But that doesn’t mean it is not a cool looking design!

If you really want to set your house apart from the different types of roofs on your block, this roof is something you should consider.

Who said being unique was a bad thing?

12. Pyramid Roof

A pyramid roof is a hipped roof that has four triangular connecting sides that all meet in the middle at a high peak to create a tent or, ahem, pyramid-like shape.

There are many advantages to having a pyramid style roof on your house. For one, they are extremely wind resistant which could help your house avoid any structural during brutal storms.

These roofs are perfect for warm climates as the unique break up of the roof’s surface area creates a natural insulation that will keep your house cooler in the blazing hot summer days.

Much like gabel roofs and hip roofs, because pyramid roofs are built with an incline, they are great for draining any excess water or snow that can pile up over time.

By being as versatile and as resilient as they are, it’s no wonder why some of the pyramids in Egypt have remained so sound to this day.

13. Dome Roof

But what if you choose not to have any angular shapes on the roof of your brand new house?

Well then smooth out those edges and go with a dome roof!

These roofs have all of the same advantages against the elements as different types of roofs such as hip roofs and gabel roofs but with a more simplistic shape.

You can also choose to go two separate ways with dome roofs.

You can have your walls meet the encompassing dome roof at the top of the building or you can forgo this decision altogether and, unlike all of the other different types of roofs, choose to have your entire house be in the shape of a dome.

Think of it like killing two birds with one stone!

Now You Know the 13 Different Types of Roofs: Have Your Pick

Finding the right roof for your dream house can be challenging, but by considering all of these options you can make sure that you make the right choice.

After all, your roof can really shape what your home will become. And since you will potentially be living in this new home for many years, the right choice could make all of the difference.

If you have any more questions about what different types of roofs you would like to cap off your new home with, feel free to send us a message through our contact page.

Our experienced team will be ready and willing to help. We have been able to help customers all over Texas with different types of roofs, so you can count on us to do an excellent job for you.