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A Guide to the Different Types of Roofs

A roof plays a vital role in determining the aesthetic design of a house. Not only does it give the exterior design a lift, it also protects the occupants of the house from the rough weather outside!

Roofs are also capable of making your house energy-efficient!

So whether you are deciding on the roof for your new home, replacing your current one,  or retrofitting, you must carefully analyze which roof type is best for your needs.

To help in your decision, we are going to tell you about the 4 most common roof types from which you can choose.

1.     The gable roof style

The gable style roofs are one of the most popular roof designs and are easily recognizable by their triangular peaked shape roof design.

These roofs provide good ventilation and don’t allow water to stand because of their high slopes. It is economical and can be easily constructed because of its simple design.

However, they are not recommended for the houses built in high wind and hurricane areas. If not properly constructed, high winds can detach the roof from the house or even cause the roof to collapse.

2.     The flat roof style

As the name suggests, a flat roof style is a completely even roof design just having enough pitch so the water doesn’t get accumulated on the rooftop.

Usually, flat roof designs are constructed on commercial and industrial buildings but can be installed on residential houses as well.

Their best feature is that they provide extra space on the roof which can be utilized by making a garden, patio or a small penthouse. You can also get solar panels installed on them and are ideal for an HVAC system.

These roofs are not for houses built in rainy and snowfall areas because the flat design is prone to water pooling and leakage. While the installation cost is low, flat designed roofs tend to be expensive to maintain.

3.     The curved roof style

The curved roof design is a more unusual style which gives the house a unique and creative look. The curviness of the roof can vary from slight to an arch.

The aesthetic look that this design provides is just unmatched by any other design – simple yet so elegant. Not only on the exterior, but they provide a subtle shape to the house from the inside as well.

The only downside is the cost of installation.

4.     The combination roof style


The combination roof style incorporates different roof designs for an aesthetically pleasing look. You can install a different shape of roof to each room which makes these roofs reliable.

Unfortunately, this design tends to cost a lot more than other styles due to its complexity of the roof structures. Joining different roof shapes can also translate to leakage of water, so this type of roof is not generally recommended for areas that endure heavy rainfall.

If you are still unsure about which roof style suits your home the best, then contact Fix My Roof. They will provide you with all the guidance and assistance you may need from selecting the type of roof to getting it installed!