Comparing The 8 Most Common Types Of Roofs

The right roof can make or break your house. Whether you’re getting a new one, building an addition to expand that space and need more than what is currently available with the current shingles on top, or want to know which type of material would be best suited for whatever project we’re working up there (roofs come in many different styles!), knowing some basics will help guarantee success!

Types of roofs diagram

What’s The Perfect Roof For You?

How do you want your neighbors to see your house? Maybe it’s time that we take a look at all these different types and styles!


gable roof with attic windows

In your first crayon drawing of a home, more than likely, you drew the classic gable roof–a triangle with one long side and two short sides resting atop your house like an umbrella on its stand. But not only does this shape come in many different styles, but slopes can also vary drastically on what’s called “gables.”

The steep chalet-style design has steeper pitches than other variations, resulting in more angles for any given length – roof replacement companies often see these roofs.

Clipped Gable

The clipped gable roof is a design that borrows from both hip roofs and flat-topped base roofs. The two sides of the house have an element where they meet at right angles but then are “bent in” to create small hips along this ridge line – these lines can be seen as either smooth or rough depending on personal preference for styling purposes!

Shed Roof

Shed roofs are a modern design used for all sorts of structures. They resemble the half-gable roof style, but with an open lean-to, it instead of closed like classic houses. Most sheds have lower slopes because water runoff is essential when you’re building close together; however, steeper pitches may be more effective in preventing flooding during heavy rainstorms. These low profiles keep everything dry inside while still allowing plenty of light through, so things stay looking fresh outside too.

Mansard Roof

mansard metal roof with an attic window

The mansard roof is an architecturally-inspired design that has origins in French architecture. The four-sided, double slope offers steep lower slopes and can either be flat or curved to create variety for your home’s exterior landscape. The style also enables homeowners to make full use of their upper-story attic spaces and adds an abundance of windows for natural light while giving them plenty to look out at too!

Hip Roof

An unique hip roofed dairy barn

The roof of your house is the most visible part, and it’s no surprise that hip roofs can make for great design. You have four equal-length slopes to work with: two shorter sides where you install an eave (overhang). If you have this type of construction, it may be worth considering what kind of material will best express its original beauty while also protecting against harsh weather conditions like rainwater seeping through wood shake roofs!

Dutch Gable Roof

Three Cottages with Dutch Gabled Roofs

Gambrel Roof

White Stucco House with Red Gambrel Roof

The look of a red barn with white trim, and you’ve just envisioned the perfect place for your next home. You can have two sides that are sloped to either side or one steep slope on each of them! Gambrel roofs offer plenty more than just an attic room – they’re also great as lofts because this design permits windows near all four edges, meaning natural light will fill every corner no matter what time of day it is outside.

Flat Roof (Low Slope Roof)

Imagine being able to live in a home with an open floor plan, where you can watch your children play while dining on fresh seafood from the coast nearby. This mid-century modern design features large windows that let natural light flood any house room made famous during the mid-1940’s – perfect for escaping today’s city life! Think of the strip malls or buildings that have more of an industrial look. Some homes even have swimming pools attached, so there are no excuses to plan what will be done tomorrow if retirement is still years away.

What Is Going To Be Your Ideal Roof Type?

A variety of roof styles and shapes offer the homeowner many options to create their dream home. The common types that we’ve covered in this article can be combined together or used as individual components, depending on your needs for style; there’s no one-size-fits-all!
Just consider a few things to ask to help decide what your flavor works:

  • What are the HOA guidelines? Some have exterior limitations.
  • How much do you want to stand out in your neighborhood with a different style of roof?

Once you’ve found the look you want, it’s best to talk to an experienced independent roofing contractor like Jancewicz and Son. For any roofing, reroofing, or restoration estimate, and information about our industry-leading roofing warranties, call 1.800.281.3585 today.

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