Styles of Roofs
There are many different styles to roofs nowadays, some of these styles are more common than others depending upon where you live. Different styles of roofs perform well depending on the geography. We have provided our users with a list of the most popular roofing styles today and some details about each of them.
- Hipped Roof: Four uniformly pitched (sloping) sides, resembling a pyramid.
- Simple Roof: All four sloping sides meet at a ridge across the top. Front slope is usually broader than the side sections.
- Pyramidal Roof: All four sloping sides come to a point at the top of the roof.
- Cross-Hipped Roof: Perpendicular wings are added to the main section forming two individual sections with their own hipped façade.
- Gambrel Roof: Each side has two slopes; a steeper lower slope and a flatter upper one; associated with barns.
- Saltbox Roof: A gabled roof with asymmetrical sides. It is said to resemble an eighteenth century salt box.
- Mansard Roof: A roof forming a double slope, two slopes on each of the four sides. The lower slope being steeper than the other.
- Shed Roof: One high pitched plane covering the entire structure. Often used for additions and porches.
- Flat Roof: Contains no slope. May or may not have eaves.
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