Normally we go house hunting and cope with the roof that comes with it. We don’t consider the roof style a deal-breaker. If we build a new home, we get the pleasure of choosing each detail, including the style of roof. But if you are placed in the unfortunate situation of having to replace your roof, you have the bonus of changing the style to one you like more. In no particular order, here are the top 10 roof styles:
1. Mansard Roof. These roofs are made from 4 slopes with 2 on each side of your home. The lower slope is steeper with a more vertical slope than the upper slope. The upper slope may or may not be visible from the ground. This French style allows for additional storage or living space. The Mansard roof style is very similar to the next style, Gambrel.
2. Gambrel Roof. This Dutch-inspired style is similar to the Mansard except that the Gambrel has vertical gable ends and the roof overhangs the façade of your home. The curved roof allows for additional storage or living space as well.
3. Saltbox Roof. This roof is 2 sided and has a long pitched roof with 1 short side and 1 long side. You often see 1 story on one side and 2 stories on the other. This style is similar to the Skillion roof.
4. Pyramid Roof. Just as the name sounds, this style looks like an Egyptian pyramid. They are normally only used on small portions of your roof or on small structures, like pool houses or garages. Pyramid roofs add a great decorative touch to the shape of your roof.
5. Hip Roof. The Hip roof often looks like a Pyramid roof, except that the point was cut off. They either come to a ridge (like in the picture) or a flat spot. They are architecturally more practical than the Pyramid and are also similar to the Bonnet style.
6. Bonnet Roof. As previously stated, this style is similar to the Pyramid and Hip roofs except 2 sides slope outward at an angle from the bottom. This style is also typically only used on a portion of your home, most commonly to cover a veranda or an outdoor porch or patio.
7. Flat Roof. Flat roofs are the easiest to identify because they look just as their name sounds and are used for the whole roof, not just a section. They are easier to construct than other roofs, are safer to stand on (no sliding), and they are more accessible for repairs and maintenance. On the other hand, they require more maintenance than the others because debris has no where to go since there’s no slope.
8. Cross-Gabled Roof. There are many different types of Gabled roofs. Gabled roofs simply look like triangles from the front of your home. Cross-Gables roofs are usually seen on extra wings added to homes so that each wing has their own triangular roof.
9. Arched Roof. This style is typical of 1 part of your home, not the whole house. You will see them on awnings, porches, patios, second story windows, and some greenhouses. They are expensive to install but add aesthetic value to your home.
10. Skillion Roof. This single sloping surface looks like half of a triangular roof, the Flat roof slightly inclined, or a Saltbox roof with only 1 slope. They are commonly used on only a portion of your home.
Keep in mind changing your home’s roof style is an expensive and elaborate decision that can get worse if you have a roofing specialist working against you. Hiring the right San Diego roofing contractor like Urbach Roofing is the best way for you to know that you will get a new roof done right the first time. Call them at 760-471-5065 for help sorting through your options.