Roofing Styles

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Roofing Styles

How to Choose a Roofing Style

The most common roofing styles for residential homes are the gable, hip, A-frame and flat roof styles. Each style has benefits and disadvantages for the homeowner, and the choice of style must be a factor in selecting the type of roofing material.

Gable and Hip Roofs in Colorado

Gable roofs and hip roofs are the most common roof shapes in the U.S., and both can be built with either a low or a steep pitch. They can be adapted to a range of house shapes and designs, shrug off water and snow well, provide for adequate attic ventilation, and are convenient for installing insulation. The gable is a two-sided roof that slopes down from the main ridge of the building, while a hip roof has four slopes running downwards from the center and side ridges.

United Restoration Colorado gable and hip roof


The A-frame roof is a steep roof, with two sides that slope down from the center ridge almost to the ground, serving as the upper walls of the home as well as the roof. Based on the Native American “teepee” design, these roofs are found on homes built in the 1960s. Advantages of the A-frame include substantial space for insulation and storage within the upper reaches, as well as easy snow removal. However, this style of roof requires a large quantity of roofing materials and is therefore expensive, and it creates dead space at the corners of each floor level.

United Restoration Colorado A-Frame roof

Flat Roofs in Colorado

Flat roofs are economical and do not require much roofing material. They should be pitched slightly to aid drainage and can be adequately waterproofed using built-up layers of roofing, felt, and tar topped with gravel. Homes with flat roofs are commonly found in warmer parts of the country, where their wider overhangs provide shade for the rooms. They are not practical in snowy climates, due to the difficulty of snow removal, and do not allow much space for insulation or heat deflection.

United Restoration Colorado flat roof

Roofing Style Takeaways

  • Gable roof is the most basic, the most practical, has fewest disadvantages and is the least expensive
  • Hips add attractiveness to gabled roofs but can cause leak issues
  • A-Frame roofs are expensive but stylish
  • Flat roofs are impractical, especially in Colorado

Roofing is extremely difficult for those of us with little to no construction experience, but being knowledgeable with the process is achievable by us all. Contact United Restoration with any questions you may have regarding roofing or any other home improvement topics. We love helping our Colorado communities!

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2016-10-17T18:15:07+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Roofing 101|0 Comments