Common Roofing Types and Their Benefits

While you’ve undoubtedly noticed that each home has a different type of roof, you may not know what those roofs are called or why a homeowner chose to install that roof on their home. If that’s the case, keep reading.

This post will cover what you need to know about some of the most common roofs:

  • Gable roof: A gable roof is essentially a triangle with the base resting on top of the house and the two sides rising to meet the ridge up top—it’s the style of roof most kids draw when they draw a house. This is a popular style for a variety of different home designs, and if you choose the right roofing material, it’ll last for years.
  • Clipped gable roof: Also known as a bullnose roof, a clipped gable roof has the same basic design as the style mentioned above. The only difference is that the peaks are bent in, which creates small hips at the ends of the roof ridge. The main benefit of this style is to showcase designer shingles.
  • Hip roof: Hip roofs consist of four equal-length slopes that rise to form a ridge. The main perk of a hip roof is that it’s highly visible when looking at a home, which is great for homeowners who want to show off their unique roofing materials.
  • Shed roof: As you can tell by the name, a shed roof looks like a roof used on many lean-to sheds, but this style is popular among homeowners who love ultra-modern designs. These roofs allow for some fun window placement opportunities and ensure the roof has plenty of water runoff.
  • Flat roof: You may typically think of a flat roof as just for commercial buildings, but flat roofs are also popular choices for homes with modern aesthetics. Flat roofs provide homes with open floor plans, which gives homeowners some extra second-floor living space.

What type of roof is best?

There’s really no right or wrong answer to what type of roof is best. The style you choose depends on quite a few factors, including the ones below:

  • Home style: The main thing to consider is your home’s architectural style. For example, if you live in a modern-looking house, a shed roof or a flat roof are a better choice than a gable roof.
  • Other houses on the block: Check out other homes in your neighborhood. Depending on your personality, you can choose to blend in with the crowd or stand out with the coolest roof on the block.
  • HOA restrictions: Be sure to check with your homeowners association (HOA) before re-roofing your home. Some HOAs have rules regarding roof styles and roofing materials.

Talk to us about getting a new roof today

Whether you’re building a new home or need a roof for the one you currently live in, be sure to hire All America Construction Services for all of your roofing needs. Contact us today to get an estimate or to learn some more about common roofs.