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A List of Every Type of Roof


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As we all know, this blog is about educating our readers' minds with the tools to be successful in the designing and curation of their spaces. Today, we are going to be looking at the outside of the house - the roof! Roof lines make a HUGE difference in the curb appeal of your house. It is important to be able to identify roof types and know a little something about them, too! Let's have a look!

#1. Gable

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A gable roof is a roof with two sloping sides that are open on either end creating a triangle extension.

Pros: Gable roofs easily shed water and snow. They also allow for the option to vault the interior ceiling or create usable attic space.

Cons: If not built properly in high wind, hurricane-prone areas, the wind can cause the structure to collapse.

Fun Fact: Historically, the open triangle area of the roof was used to showcase special, ornamental embellishments usually over the entry of a temple or other building.

#2. Hip

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A hip roof has all four sides sloping downward to the walls.

Pros: Hip roofs are more wind resistant than gable roofs. Like gable roofs, hip roofs can also accommodate an extra room with the addition of dormers.