Raise the Roof!: The 4 Most Popular Roof Types

There are over 20 common roofing styles to choose from when you are building or remodeling a house. Having too many choices can be paralyzing, especially when it comes to a decision as big as a roof.

What you may not realize, however, is that some roof types are more common than others, and usually for good reason.

Below we will take a look at four of the most common styles, and see what makes them so popular.

Keep reading to find out which of these four popular styles is right for you.

Which Roof Type Is the Best for You?

While some different roof types are specifically made for certain environments, the most popular styles are good nearly anywhere. The decision comes down to a mix of functionality and style. Once you’ve taken a look below, you’ll want to speak with an expert about your options.

1) Gable Style Roof

Of the many types of roofs, gabled roofs are the most popular. These are the roofs with the classic triangular “house” shape that many people probably picture. They are very effective against rain, and moderately effective against snow and wind.

They are also easy to maintain and cost-effective, making them a great choice whether you plan on selling the home or keeping it forever.

2) Hipped Roof

The house roof type known as hip or hipped is nearly as common as the gable. This roof type is made up of four triangles, each one sloping down to a wall, with a ridge-line running across the top of the roof.

This is an attractive roof that is still great when it comes to rain, with the added advantage of being one of the best roofs out there for dealing with snow and wind. So, why is it still less popular than a gabled roof? Due to the more complicated building process, a hip roof is one of the most expensive house roof types on the market.

3) Flat Roof 

The main reason people opt for a flat roof is to match the modern style of a house. It can be a wonderful option depending on where you live; just make sure to do your homework as these roofs in particular perform better with certain roofing materials than others.

Despite the name, a flat roof is not actually flat. This enables it to still shed water when it rains. Even with this slight tilt, a flat roof will never be as effective against heavier weather as a more traditional roof.

4) Mansard and Gambrel Roofs

The mansard is often associated with fancy french manors, while the gambrel is commonly seen on barns. So why are these roofs grouped together here, despite their very different origins?

In fact, these two different roof types have a fairly similar style, as they both involve roofs with multiple different pitch angles. They are both great for when you need extra room upstairs, as they allow for more usable space. They are also two of the most visually appealing roof styles you could ask for.

The downsides of both are that they are more susceptible to damage from snow and ice, and their complexity can mean higher costs to install and maintain. 

Speak to an Expert

These roof types are the most popular styles on the market because they are all beautiful, effective, and efficient. 

Ready to speak to an expert about the roof you want? Find one near you today!