Every time a new house or establishment is built or when a retro fitting of a new roof from an existing one is needed, choosing the right type of roof and identifying the required roofing materials is essential.
Roofs do more than just its practical purpose of protecting the house and its occupants from external elements.
Aesthetically, the roofing design can have a major effect. It plays an important role in the overall look and style of the house and also provides benefits which include energy efficiency and long term durability.
The roofing design also adds additional space and helps bring in some natural lighting inside the house.
The following are the recommended best types of roofing designs which will include supporting information which would help anyone in choosing the right roof type for your current or next home.
Types of Roofing Designs For Your Home
- One of the most simplistic roof designs often advised by roofing contractors
- This is also known as pitched or peaked roof
- Easily recognized by the noticeable triangular shape (commonly used by grade schoolers when they are drawing houses)
- Can also be used as added embellishment for entry porches, dormers and garages
- Due to its simplicity, this leads to cheaper roofing cost though it can be really problematic when faced with high winds and severe weather. The roof can collapse if the frames built doesn’t provide adequate support
- These are commonly seen and used on commercial or industrial buildings but nowadays are particularly used in residential houses and apartments, modern style buildings and homes.
- Flat roofs have little to no pitch, a shallow pitch would just be around 1-2 degrees.
- It is a particular deck roofing designs which are not ideal on stormy or winter areas as they do not shed rain and snow as efficient as sloped roof which leads to corrosion and expensive roof repairs
- Flat roofs can be used as an accent on a residential home along with a nice hipped roof.
- These roofs are the most common roof style built and recommended by roofing contractors in bungalows and cottages.
- It has four sloping sides where the joint between two adjacent slopes on a roof meet.
- Hip roofs are considered one of the strongest designs for a roof which allows for more ventilation and grand vaulted ceilings or attics.
- It is often fused with gable roofs to give variation on the actual roofing style.
- In terms of roofing cost, the hip roofs are more expensive to build because of its complexity and structure.
- These originated in the French renaissance architecture and can be really complex and difficult to construct.
- Mansard roofs have no gables and the roof itself is made up of four slopes, two on each side of a home.
- This French-style roof allows for additional living or storage space at the top portion of the home. This is ideal for those with a small lot size looking to create a full attic or garret area.
- Gambrel roofs are also called barn roofs typically almost the same as the mansard roofs only that it has two sides while the latter has four.
- Gambrels are not only used on top of barns, farm houses and log cabins, they are also commonly seen on Dutch Colonial and Georgian style homes.
- The gambrel roof is not recommended for heavy wind areas or regions that receive significant snowfall. The open design can cause the roof to collapse under extreme pressure.
- These roofs are also referred to as shed roof or lean-to roofs.
- Skillions are easy to assemble and use much fewer building types of roofing materials than other roof types.
- Their steep pitch allows snow and water to easily run off, which makes them excellent for high rain and snow regions.
- The jerkinhead roof makes use of both gable and hip roofs elements. These are more stable than a regular gable roof design by clipping or turning the point down, this type of design becomes more resistant to wind damage.
- In terms of roofing cost, the more complex design will make building costs higher.
- Bonnet roofs, also known as kicked-eaves, are double sloped with the lower slope set at less of an angle than the upper slope. It’s like a reverse Mansard.
- The upper slope provides extra living space for a small attic or vaulted ceilings. It also lends itself to dormers or side windows.
- The complex design requires more building materials and it’s more difficult to construct. This makes the bonnet roof more expensive than other, more simple designs.