Roof Types | 24 Best Roof Styles + Materials For Your Home - Décor Aid (2023)

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Often overlooked as a major architectural feature for any structure, the style of roof types and materials you add to your home can make all the difference, both visually and structurally, and roof styles can also have a dramatic impact on property value to boot. Whether you’re looking for new construction inspiration or are on the market to update your existing roof, we’re looking at the best roof types that will add value to your home while helping you to better communicate your home’s look and feel. And while roof preparation and construction are always important, the roof style and material you choose can help upgrade the exterior of your property in game-changing style.

To make the selection process easier for you, we tasked our renovation and constructionexpertsto weigh in on the best roof styles that are sure to never feel outdated. From a hip roof to a gable roof, here are all of the essential options broken down by style, including affordable roofing ideas for you to consider. Keep in mind that there is a broad range of roof types when it comes to considering the right roof for your home and that not every roof style is ideal for your climate or how your building sits on your property in terms of sunlight and wind.

When narrowing down your roof style options, keep in mind that roofshapes vary from region to region for good reason. The main factors that influence the shape a roofare your budget, the climate, and the materials available to meet your budget.

Skillion And Lean-To

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Amped with dramatic angular lines, skillion and lean-to roof types feature juxtaposing slopes that often meet in the middle. And similar to a shed or slanted roof, there’s no ridge on the roofline. This results in walls of varying heights within a structure. A skillion roof lends home roofing a timelessly modern and bold look which results in intriguing crisscrossing angles and creates a defined space for angular clerestory windows to be housed in a space that normally receives no light.

Skillion roofs can be created quickly, affordably, and easily. Their steep pitch also lets water run off easily, ultimately reducing the need for additional waterproof roof treatments that lower-pitched roof types require. Their steeper pitch also evokes a more minimal design, and the materials used to make a skillion roof including metal, tend to be slick, unlike the bulkier shingles or tiles of a classic gable or hip roof.

Open Gable

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Ask any child to quickly draw a house for you and it’s more than likely to feature a classicgable roof. Know why? That’s because that’s what most of us instinctively tend to think of when drawing any home’s roof styles.

And though the silhouette of a gable roof may seem relatively simple, it’s actually composed of a few different panels. Simplified, gable roofs are a long, triangular prism with three essential components to this roof style. Two sides of a gable roof are sloped at an angle similar to a pitched roof. These sloped angels meet along a central ridge running parallel to the length of a home. The gables themselves are the vertical, triangular section of the wall exposed between the pitched sides on each end along withthe parts of the wall that extend from the bottom of the eaves to the peak of the ridge.

Box Gable

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Box gable roof types feature a triangular extension at each end of the structure, with the roof section boxed tailored at the end. This design is similar to a standard gable roof, but highlight the triangular section of the roof style more.

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Dormer

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Dormer roof types feature a roofed structure most often with a window that extends vertically beyond the plane of a pitched roof. Also referred to as a rooftop window, dormers are used to increase usable space in a lofted area while adding additional windows along the roof plane.

Hip

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Shaped like an abbreviated pyramid, hip roof styles are a type of roof where every side slopes downward, usually with fairly subtle roof angles. A hip roof features no gables or other vertical sides that extend to the roof.

Hip And Valley

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Taking a cue from a classic hiproof, hip and valleyroof types work best when a building needs a combination of roof types and angles to facilitate the structures architectural elements.

Gambrel

Gambrel roofstyles are symmetrical two-sided panels with slopes on each side. Their design takes in the advantages of slopedroof angles while lengthening headspace inside a building’s upper level while diminishing what would otherwise be a tallroof.

Mansard

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Popular for centuries throughout Europe, amansard roofis a four-sided take on a gambrel roof withtwo slopes on each of its sides with the lower slope punctuated by dormer windows housed at a steeper angle than the upper.

Butterfly

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Because its shape evokes a butterfly’s wings, a butterfly roofdesign features a V shape and ischaracterized by an inversion of a standardroof, with tworoofangles sloping down from opposing edges to a valley near the middle.

Intersecting/Overlaid Hip

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Intersecting roof types feature a combination of a gable and hip silhouettes to top off more intricately built homes for a more dynamic visual effect thats grander, yet still utterly classic.

Dutch Gable

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Dutch gableroof styles boast apetite gable at the top of a hipped roof to evoke a more idyllic, pastoral feel.

Jerkinhead

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Ajerkinhead roofis a take on a gableroofwhere the peaks are abbreviated to mimic a hiproof. Here, clipped roof angles streamline the peak of a standard gableroof toreduce potential wind damage

Flat

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An ancient roof style, flat roofsare often used in arid climates to allow theroofspace to be easily used. Flat roof types are an easy to construct and affordable roofing option that consists of aroof almost flatly leveled in contrast to the variety of sloped and peaked roof styles available.

Flat roofs have around 10 degrees of a slope, known as a pitch. The only downside of this roof style is that there needs to be a proper irrigation system in place to avoid any possible flooding.

Cross Hipped

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An enduringly popular variation of a hip roof design, a cross roof remains a common roof type and is often laid out in an ‘L’ shape. Across hipped roof features two intersecting hip sections that run perpendicular to one another.

M Shaped

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Boasting one of the most striking of silhouettes among modern roof types, M shaped roofs give off the impression of a bold zig-zag horizon, making even the simplest and spare buildings all the more statement-making.

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Saltbox

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Hailing from New England and often used for a wooden frame house,saltboxhome roofing is a traditional roof style with a long, pitched point that slopes down towards the back. Asaltbox home also often has just one story in the back and two stories in the front due to its slanted styling.

Shed

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Lifted from barn roof styles, a shed roofhas only one sloping plane and is often not attached to another roof surface, keeping the look simple yet effective.

Combination

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Perfect for all kinds of weather and conditions, combination roof types offer the best possible functions for any building.

And as the name suggests, combination roofs use two different roof styles or more as needed, creating unique appeal and a striking juxtaposition of aesthetics. However, take note that the biggest risk of combination roof styles is creating unwarranted valleys that can create areas for leaks, and sometimes mismatched styles just aren’t meant to be.

A-Frame

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A classic A-frame home takes its shape from idyllic barn roof styles and features steeply-angled sides that can often start at or near the foundation line and meet at the top to form the shape of the letter A.

Bonnet

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A bonnet roof boasts a double slope on all four sides with the lower slope less steep than the upper slope.Bonnet roof styles don’t just cap off a home, they often lend spaces covered patios and porches via an extended overhand.

Gable And Valley

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Combined, gable and valley roof types allow for full use of the arched space inside and are a classic option for homes of any size as they help maximize space. This is due to the inward slopes of a gable roof on two sides with the other two sides boasting a wall with a triangle shape at top.

Pitched

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Pitched roof typesslope downwards, usually in two parts at angled from a central ridge, or in one part, from one end to the other. The pitchof aroofis its vertical rise split by a steep horizontal span.

Pyramid

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A variation of a hip roof, pyramid rooftypes keep all sides sloping down towards the walls and depending on the size of the building, they may have three or more rectangular faces.

Sloping Flat

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One of the most dramatic and minimal roof types of them all, sloping flat roofs feature one flat angled plain for a stunning effect.

When choosing roofing materials, consider the following questions.

Now that we’ve gone over what makes each roof style unique, here’s everything you need to know about home roofing materials, from the pros to the cons.

But before you begin charting course, ask yourself these essential cues:

  • What kind of specialized installation will this material need?
  • Are there a variety of colors and styles available in this material that complement your home?
  • Does the material meet the local fire codes in your area?
  • Are there special installation and maintenance techniques to consider?
  • Depending on frequent weather conditions in your area, what kind of performance can each material best provide you?
  • What is the cost, lifespan, and warranty for each home roofing material?

These essential answers to these questions will help you determine the best roof style choice for your home and budget. And since there are a ton of roofing material options priced from high to low, here’s what makes them different.

Roofing Materials To Consider:

Asphalt Shingles

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The most common and affordable roofing material used throughout the United States, asphalt shingles remain a go-to as they are cost-effective and easy to install and manage. Plus asphalt shingles can be reinforced with fiberglass or organic materials without altering their appearance.

Pros:Asphalt is available in a variety of colors, is easy to source, and is the most affordable roofing application of them all.

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Cons:Asphalt doesn’t last as long as roofing materials, doesn’t provide the same kind of insulation as others, and the quality can vary.

House Styles:Asphalt shingles work well with popular modern architectural styles – making it perfect for traditional suburban homes.

Cost and Life Span:Prices can range from about $65 to $150 a square and when maintained properly, they can last up to 20 to 25 years.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

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Perfect for a gableroof, and often Spanish inspired, clay and concrete tiles add texture and evoke a far-off, romantic feel. Clay tiles are extremely durable but also very heavy. And though they also boast a heavy weight, concrete tiles are equally versatile and are far less expensive than clay options.

Pros:Concrete tiles are energy efficient, and both clay and concrete tiles are long-lasting and non-combustible investments.

Cons:They can be expensive, are heavy, and require additional framing.

House Styles:They lend the perfect finishing touch to Mediterranean, Mission, Southwestern, and Spanish inspired homes.

Cost and Life Span:They can start at $300 to $500 a square and when maintained properly, can last about 40 to 50 years.

Metal Roofing

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Resistant to extreme weather conditions, there’s two types of metal roofing to consider boasting either metal panels or shingles. And since metal roofing comes in a variety of materials including aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and zinc, there are plenty of directions you can choose from.

Pros:Metal roofing is sleek, lightweight, long-lasting, recyclable, and durable, and lasts much longer than any other roofing material.

Cons:Metal roofing can be more expensive.

House Styles:Metal roofs look great topping off modern and contemporary structures, or juxtaposed with older more quaint facades.

Cost and Lifespan:Prices average around $100 to $300 a square, with some more elaborate options reaching up to $600 to $800 a square. However, the plus side of the extra cost is that metal roofing can last around 40 to 75 years.

Slate

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Boasting a distinctively modern elegance, slate roofing styles come in rich shades of black, green, grey, and burgundy.

Pros:Slate is strong, fire-resistant, and can be recycled.

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Cons:It can be expensive and requires extra framing. And the quality can vary with imported slate materials.

House Styles:Slate roofs pair well with Colonial, European, and French-inspired homes.

Cost and Lifespan:Prices start at $600 a square and they can last 50 to 100 years or more.

Wood Shingles and Shake

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Popular for hundreds of years, wood shingles and shakes age with a gorgeous, time-worn patina. Wood shake squares are handmade and are more organic looking than wood shingles, which are cut by machine. Look for wood shingles treated with a fire-resistant coating.

Pros:Wood shingles lend a rustic feel and are a natural product.

Cons:Check your local fire codes for possible use. Wood shingles can mold, split or rotin wet climates.

House Styles:Both options rustic appeal pairs well with bungalow, Cape Cod, cottage,Craftsman, and Tudor-style homes.

Cost and Lifespan:Prices start at around $100 to $150 a square and will last around 25 to 30 years.

Synthetic Roofing

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In terms of more affordableroofing options,synthetic roofing products are designed to be strong and easy to maintain with some materials boasting fire-resistant fabrication.

Pros:Synthetic roofing materials are less fragile, heavy or as expensive as natural roofing products.

Cons:Often, they can absorb water creating mold and the quality varies.

House Styles:Synthetic roofing products work well with almost all architectural styles.

Cost and Lifespan:Prices are around $300 a square and they can last up to 50 years.

Solar Panels

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Probably one of the most talked about roof types of them all, solar paneled roofing has come a long way. Derived from the sun’s radiation, solar shingles and panels are extremely beneficial for the environment as they are an efficient source of clean energy. Plus, with innovative companies likeTeslamaking it easier for you to produce and store clean, renewable energy for your home withsolar shingles and panels that are modern and designed to mimic the feel of traditional roofing materials to be more aesthetically pleasing, they seem all the more viable.

Pros:Renewable energy source that can reduce electric bills, and have low maintenance costs.

Cons:They can be expensive, weather dependent, and solar energy can be costly to store.

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House Styles:Thanks to innovative technological updates by the likes of Tesla, solar shingles can now mimic the look of many popular roof styles.

Cost and Life Span:They can as little as $25 a square and when maintained properly, can last 25 years or longer.

FAQs

What is the best roof style? ›

A hipped roof is the most stable roof style because weight is evenly distributed around its base. Additionally, its shape is more resilient against high winds and heavy rains, making it a great option for people that live in areas where severe storms are common.

Which kind of roofing is best for your house? ›

Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Relatively lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to install, asphalt shingles are the best choice for most houses. They come in sheets that are layered on a roof to give the illusion of more expensive single shingles, such as cedar and slate, that are installed one shingle at a time.

What are the different style of roofs? ›

8 Common Roof Types
  • Gable Roof. Think back to your first crayon drawing of a home. ...
  • Clipped Gable Roof. The clipped gable roof goes by several names, including bullnose. ...
  • Dutch Gable Roof. ...
  • Gambrel Roof. ...
  • Hip Roof. ...
  • Mansard Roof. ...
  • Shed Roof. ...
  • Flat Roof (Low Slope Roof)

What are the 3 main types of roofs? ›

Three Common Roof Designs and Their Advantages
  • Hip. A hip roof has slopes on all of its sides. The roof doesn't have even a single vertical side. ...
  • Gable. A gable roof features two sloping sides that meet at the top to form a ridge. ...
  • Flat. A flat roof has an extremely low pitch and is almost horizontally level.

What is the use of roof in the house? ›

roof, covering of the top of a building, serving to protect against rain, snow, sunlight, wind, and extremes of temperature. Roofs have been constructed in a wide variety of forms—flat, pitched, vaulted, domed, or in combinations—as dictated by technical, economic, or aesthetic considerations.

What material is used for roofing? ›

The most common roofing materials available include asphalt, wood, metal, clay, cement and slate, glass and plastic, and plastic liquid coatings.

What are the 4 main types of residential roofing? ›

The 4 Most Popular Types of Roofing Materials for Residential...
  • Asphalt shingles. The first roofing material (and most commonly used in the United States) on our list are asphalt shingles. ...
  • Standing seam metal roofing. ...
  • Synthetic (composite) shingles. ...
  • Cedar shake shingles.
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What is the most common roof style? ›

Gable Roof

Gable roofs, also known as pitched or peaked roofs, are one of the most popular roof types in the United States. Gable roofs have a triangular shape and are what many people envision when they think of a traditional roof design.

How many different roof styles are there? ›

If you are not sure about what type of roof design or roof style you have, below are 13 different types of roofs.

How many types of roof are there? ›

9 different types of roofing materials. Not long ago, asphalt shingles, slate, clay or concrete tiles were about the only roofing options. Today, advanced roofing materials provide an unprecedented range of alternatives, as well as new looks for existing materials.

What is the name of roof? ›

Illustrations
Flat roofSingle-pitched (shed, skillion) roofGable roof
Ridged, multi-gable or m-type roofGambrel roofClerestory roof
Hip roofHalf-hip roofTented or pavilion roof
Rhombic roof/Rhenish helmArched roofBarrel roof
Conical roofSpireOnion dome
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What is the strongest roofing material? ›

Corrugated galvanized steel is one of the strongest, most durable roofing materials, since it lasts longer, is more resistant to wind, and absorbs less heat than asphalt shingles.

What is the most cost effective roofing material? ›

Asphalt Shingles

That's for good reason. Asphalt is the cheapest of all roofing materials in the market and will last you between 15 to 30 years. This is the best option for homeowners facing budgetary constraints. It is also widely available and comes in a variety of colors.

How long is a roof good for? ›

Slate, copper and tile roofs, which are on the upper end of the price spectrum, can last more than 50 years. Homeowners with wood shake roofs should expect them to last about 30 years, while fiber cement shingles last about 25 years and asphalt shingle/composition roofs last about 20 years, the NAHB found.

Why you need a good roof? ›

Your roof stands between the interior of your home and the exterior world. If it's in good shape, your roof serves as a barrier against snow, hail, rain, ice, branches, and debris. If your roof is in poor shape, your home can get leaks, develop mold and mildew, and experience other problems.

What is the most important part of a house? ›

The roof is definitely the most important part of your house, which is why it's so important to take good care of it with regular roof maintenance and roof repair.

Which roofing material lasts the longest? ›

What Roofing Material Lasts the Longest?
  • Wood shakes and shingles: 15 to 20 years.
  • Asphalt shingles: 10 to 30 years.
  • Metal/steel: 50+ years.
  • Slate: 50+ years.
  • Tile and concrete: 50+ years.
  • Foam: 25+ years.
  • Built-Up roofs: 25-30 years.
  • Single-Ply: 30+ years.
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What is the strongest roof design? ›

Pros: Hip roofs are one of the strongest designs for a roof. The inward slope on all four sides of a hip roof makes it an excellent design for both high wind and snowy areas. These designs also allow for more ventilation and grand vaulted ceilings or attics.

What roof shape is the cheapest? ›

The cheapest roof design is a roof with just hips, which are the sloping part, while the gable is the triangular bit on the end of the roof. A lot of subdivisions require a roof with hips and gables (rather than just a hip roof) so that is the most common form of roof construction.

What type of roof is cheapest? ›

Asphalt Shingles

That's for good reason. Asphalt is the cheapest of all roofing materials in the market and will last you between 15 to 30 years. This is the best option for homeowners facing budgetary constraints. It is also widely available and comes in a variety of colors.

Which among those roof styles is considered the most important? ›

Shingles, metal, or even glass will work for a dome roof, but metal requires the least maintenance and is generally considered to be the best choice for most structures.

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