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Comparing Various Styles of Roofs

Are you looking to add a roof for a new construction or replace an existing one?


If so, you want to be aware of your choices. Different styles of roofs offer various advantages and disadvantages. So before talking to a roofing company about installation, here is a quick overview of the different types of roofs.



1. The Gable Roof

The gable roof is the most common roof style for homes. It is made up of two sections that slope down in opposite directions to form a triangle. Because the design is simple, it is one of the least expensive styles and is easy to construct. They are useful in diverting water and preventing excess snow buildup. This style also offers the most space under the roof for extra attic space.


The problem with the gable roof is that they are more prone to wind damage. Another issue is that they can take away living space if zoning laws in your area see the attic as a third floor and you're only allowed to add up to two levels.


2. The Hip Roof

The hip roof is similar to the gable roof, except there are multiple slopes. The slopes are also less steep compared to the gable roof. The significant advantage of the hip roof is the fact that it does the best job in draining water and snow. Multiple slopes mean that snow doesn't gather in one area and cause damage or collapse. And because it is less steep than a gable roof, it is more wind resistant.


The hip roof does come with its own set of disadvantages. Since the design of the hip roof is more complicated than a gable roof, you should expect to pay more. Hip roofs also require more seams. Because of this reason, there is a higher risk of leaks forming. You will need to make sure you maintain this roof well.


3. The Flat Roof

The flat roof's design is self-explanatory. The big advantage of installing a flat roof for your home is the fact that it provides extra space for you to use. You can put solar panels, a rooftop garden, or a lounge space on your roof. It is also very affordable due to the simple design.


The significant disadvantage of flat roofs is the fact that it does a poor job in draining water. You'll need to have an effective draining system for flat roofs. Flat roofs also require extra maintenance and repairs. This is because water tends to accumulate throughout the roof and slowly damage the material.


There are other types of roof styles, but these are the main ones. If you're looking for a professional roofing company to help you, get in touch with B&C Exteriors Inc. We've been in business for over 20 years and have a long list of satisfied customers. Get an estimate on our site or call us today at 1-888-726-4322.