types of roofs

Choosing a roof for your house is kind of like choosing a hat for your head. Aesthetics and function are both important factors to consider. Of course, with so many types of roofs available in the market, picking the right one for you can be a bit challenging.

After all, unlike a department store hat, you can’t try it before you buy it.

However, the more familiar you become with the various roof types, the more likely you are to make the right decision — and one that can save you a lot of money.

Here’s a rundown of the various types of roofs to consider while you’re building your dream house.

Let’s get started!

Types of Roofs Include Gable Roof

This is the most commonly created roof and features two slopes. These slopes come together at a ridge, thus forming a “V” that’s upside down.

You’ll typically find gable roofs on modular, cottage-style and ranch homes.

The pros of these roofs? They shed water effortlessly, so you don’t have to worry about leaks as much. Plus, they aren’t expensive to build thanks to their simplistic design.

Gable roofs also offer plenty of overhead space in attics.

These roofs do have some disadvantages, too, though. For example, they are more vulnerable to wind-related damage, and they also need extra vents for the right ventilation.

Also, if you’re going for looks, a gable roof might not be the most alluring if you’re building a vintage-style home.

Hip Roof

This is another type of roof that features slopes and a ridge. But unlike the gable roof, the hip roof has four slopes that all meet at a ridge.

You could say that having a hip roof is kind of like having two gable roofs on top of a single house.

Hip roofs are excellent choices for homes that have wraparound porches or homes that look like traditional farmhouses.

One of their biggest benefits is that they are stable, which makes them a good choice in areas that get high winds. These roofs also shed snow easily.

And in many homeowners’ eyes, they live up to their name. This “hip” roof design looks good on virtually any style of home.

The not-so-hip part? These roofs are more likely to leak, particularly when you add dormers to them. Also, they can be harder to ventilate, thus requiring more vents than you’d need with other types of roofs.

Shed Roof

This type of roof has a single panel that slopes downward and is sometimes connected to an adjacent wall that is taller.

You’ll mostly see this type of roof on a cabin or rustic home.

What’s so great about shed roofs?

They can easily cover patios and porches. In addition, not many building materials are needed to bring a shed roof into being.

However, the simple look of a shed roof may detract from your home depending on your house’s design.

Also, if the house’s slope is not created properly, you might encounter drainage issues.

Gambrel Roof

This type of roof has two slopes, with one being lower than the other. The lower slope is also the steeper one. In addition, the roof is a bit rounded, so it looks like it’s capping your home.

This “cap” is one of the greatest parts of a gambrel roof, as you can enjoy plenty of space in your home loft area. This roof is also relatively inexpensive to create, as it doesn’t require too many building materials.

The disadvantages of these types of roofs? They’re not the greatest at handling heavy snowfall, as they might collapse under snow’s weight.

Of course, that might not be a big deal to you in Texas.

But something that may be a deal-breaker for you is that gambrel roofs require a lot of maintenance to stay in shape.

In addition, if you don’t hire a qualified roofer to create it, you may run into frustrating leaking problems down the road.

Mansard Roof

These roofs, also called French roofs, feature four sides. Each side has two slopes that join together to create a flat panel.

If you’re building a custom home that will feature an older-style design, then a Mansard roof may be a good roof choice for you.

You can easily add living quarters in your attic with a Mansard roof. And adding closed or open dormers is a breeze.

On the flip side, this type of roof doesn’t shed snowfall very easily thanks to its low pitch. And although this may not concern you in the Lone Star State, the frequent maintenance that a Mansard roof requires may be a major concern long term.

Roofing Material

Now that we’ve gone over some of the most frequently used roof types, let’s take a look at some common roofing materials.

The most popular one? Shingles.

This roofing material, constructed from fiberglass, asphalt or a mixture of these two materials, is available in various patterns and colors. Shingles’ price and durability make them among the most highly pursued roofing options.

Aluminum Shingles

You like the look of fiberglass or asphalt shingles but want even more durability? Aluminum shingles couldn’t be a better fit for you and your home.

These shingles look like traditional shingles but offer a level of protection you can only get with metal.

In other words, you can enjoy the best of the two worlds.


Metal roofs are another increasingly popular option due to their unparalleled durability. Not only are they great at shedding those surprise snows but also they resist wind damage and corrosion.

You can also get a metal roof in just about any color you can think of. So, don’t worry. Just because you have a metal roof doesn’t mean your home will have an industrial look.

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