When it comes to houses, curb appeal is very important. A home that looks beautiful on the outside is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also raises your home’s value. From greenery to color combinations to decorations, the exterior design of your home can be fairly customizable. But have you ever considered the design of your roof? Of course, the traditional, triangular style roof is common, but it is not the only style available for houses. Here are a few different roof design styles that are more common than you think!
Gable Roof Style
The triangular shape, mentioned above, that comes to mind when you think of a standard house is called a gable. The gable style is characterized by two planes meeting at a pointed peak at the top of the roof. The slope and length may vary depending on the style of the house.
Flat Roof Style
Flat roofs, on the other hand, look exactly how they sound. The home is topped with a completely flat surface. Although flat roofs are common among commercial and industrial buildings, this style typically appears more in contemporary style metropolitan homes. However, flat roofs are rising in popularity for homeowners due to their affordability and attractiveness. It also creates another space that can be used for gardening, outdoor entertainment, or other activities.
Saltbox Roof Style
The saltbox roof, similar to the gabled roof, has two flat planes that meet at a pointed angle. However, one of these planes is always noticeably longer than the other. This creates a unique asymmetrical shape for the house.
Hip Roof Style
A hip roof is one that has four sides. While a simple hip roof meets at a ridge, a pyramid hip roof meets at a point on the top of the house. This style tends to be a bit pricier because of how elaborate the design can be.
Gambrel Roof Style
The gambrel style roof is one commonly associated with barns. Like the gable, it consists of two equal-length slopes, but there are two sections to each slope. The top sloping section is less steep, while the bottom sloping section drops down to be nearly vertical. This style is typically seen on Dutch Colonial and Georgian style homes.
Mansard Roof Style
This style is often described as a combination of the hip and gambrel roof. Like the hip roof, the mansard has four sides that meet at a peak. Also, similarly to the gambrel, each side has two sloping sections – one at the top that is not steep and another that is nearly vertical. This style of roof creates an abundance of attic space and can even have windows added. This style is of French origin but has gained much popularity in the United States.
With so many roofing styles out there to choose from, it’s good to know the basics. Your home’s overall appearance and curb appeal is strongly influenced by the style of its roof. This can also be said about the safety of your home. If your roof is damaged, your home may be compromised. If you feel that your roof is in need of repairs or a replacement, give us a call or fill out this form to schedule your free inspection. We’d be happy to help you out and answer any questions you may have!