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Top 5 Roof Types and Their Pros and Cons

Chances are, you’ve never been up on your roof, or even know what type of roof you have. There are a wide variety of different roofs to choose from, each carrying their own pros and cons. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to understand what type of roof you have so you can see what type of maintenance is required on it. Along with this, it is important to be educated on different roof styles, as certain roofs are better for certain situations. If you are looking to build a house, figure out which type of roof is best suited for your living area and hire a professional roofer to get it done.

Here are some of the most common roof types and their pros and cons.

The Gable Roof

The gable roof is easily the most identifiable and recognized roof around the world. This is the standard peaked roof you are used to seeing that comes to a high point at the center of the house, forming a triangular shape. While the slopes of these roofs can change, they will always form a triangle in the middle. This roof is fantastic for removing snow and rain as most of it will just slide right off the surface of the roof. The roof also allows for better ventilation within the house. Along with this, you will have extra space for storage in an attic. Ask a professional roofer to find out more as there are plenty of benefits to a gable roof and why you may want to replace your current roof with it if you don’t have it yet. One of the biggest cons with these roofs is that they are not the best at surviving high winds and wind storms. If the gable roof overhangs, wind can come from underneath and push up against the roof in a process known as uplift. This can lift shingles away, causing your roof to need repair. The gable roof is a great all-around roof, but if you are in an area known for strong winds, perhaps you should consider something else.


The Mansard Roof

The mansard roof is another common roof that features four unique sides. Generally, there will be a steep slope, followed by a more gentle incline at the top of the roof. This provides a much different aesthetic if you are looking to stick out in your neighborhood. While the gable roof helps to give extra attic space, a mansard roof, due to its construction, opens up an extremely large area for you to use for an attic or storage. This can be turned into a play area or whatever your house needs. The one issue with this roof, however, is because of the much flatter slope along the top, it is not as good at handling heavy rain or snow. These roofs can also be much more costly than your standard roof.

Hip to Gable

The Hip Roof

Another very popular roof, the hip roof is similar to the gable, however, it has four distinct sloped sides that meet to form an arch in the center. This roof helps to offer the same benefits of the gable roof with regards to snow removal and rain removal, but it also provides much more stability. This roof is much better at surviving higher winds and does create a small amount of storage space as well. Due to adding four sides, however, the cost of this roof is much higher than a gable roof and water can often pool on some of the sides of the roof. Ensure that this roof is done by a professional to keep repairs down to a minimum.

The Gambrel Roof

While this name might sound fancy, it is the roof that is used in barns. It is best seen as a combination between the mansard roof and the gable roof, as it features varying inclines that meet and form a triangle in the center. Once again, a roof like this provides tons of extra living space that can be used as a loft or storage area. Along with this, this roof due to its shape can be constructed out of almost any material. Due to it being considered a barn roof, however, one of the cons is its aesthetics. People do not like the look of a barn. Water damage is also a major factor that has to be taken into consideration as this roof is more prone to it.

A Flat Roof

A common myth that many people believe, is that a flat roof is completely flat. While the slope is almost negligible, there is a slight pitch to help rain run off the roof. Flat roofs are great for industrial buildings and for those looking to turn their roof into something more. Solar panels are much easier to install on these roofs and people have also turned these into gardens. While there is some pitch to help with rain, rain damage is still common with this roof and snow can prove to be an even bigger problem. Take a look at the weather in your area before choosing a roof like this.

Each roof comes with its own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Always consider where you are going to be moving to, and always ask a professional for their opinion on what kind of roof is best for the area. The goal is to find a roof you like the look of and will last a while without needing repairs. How will you build your house?

Author: Clara Annesley

Clara is a blogger at Proficiency. She has a background about extensions, conversions and interior design.