Do you live somewhere with high winds or heavy storms? Perhaps somewhere hot and dry? Where you live can have a big impact on what style of roof you choose.

There are so many options out there though, it can be a little overwhelming. Below we’ll break down some of the more popular roof styles for homes to make your decision a little easier. 

1. Gable 

One of the most popular, if not the most popular roofing style is gable. You may know gable roofs by one of their other names (pitched or peaked). Gable roofs get their name from their triangular shape. 

The gable roof is great if you live in areas with heavy rain or snowfall. Their steep grade allows for easier runoff. 

If you live in an area with high winds or hurricanes, though, this isn’t your best option. Your roof can become damaged, and in worst-case scenarios, can be destroyed entirely. You need to make sure your roof is properly braced if you choose to use this style in these kinds of areas.  

2. Flat 

Flat roofs will need more maintenance as they can gather debris and heavy precipitation (e.g. snow). Yet, because of the style, they are also easy to clean and access. 

Moreover, flat roofs add more space if you don’t have a yard. In some cases, you can make your roof your makeshift patio or deck. 

This style of home is more popular in dry climates where rain and snow aren’t much of an issue. Many newer models do have a slight pitch to make it easier to get rid of snow and rain. 

3. Hip 

The hip roof slants like the gable, but it does so on all four sides, not just two. All sides of the roof are equal creating a stronger roof. 

This roof style can easily dispatch snow and rain. Moreover, they work well in areas with hurricanes and high winds, unlike the gable roof style.

The downside with this roof is its complexity. It’s much more expensive and difficult to construct. 

This roof style is most popular with ranch-style houses and cottages. 

4. Gambrel 

Gambrel roofs are a popular style you’ll see on barns. It has become coined the barn-style roof. 

The shape of this roof allows for an extra floor in your home. You can create an attic, bedroom, an office, whatever you want. 

These roofs aren’t known for their durability against the elements. They don’t do well against heavy winds or snowfall. You run the risk of your roof collapsing in these kinds of areas if you don’t do regular maintenance. 

5. Mansard 

The mansard is a french style roof. It’s flat on the top and slopes down along the sides. At the bottom, you are met with a second slope which is more flat. The shape helps to remove light snow and rain.

As with the gambrel, the mansard allows for more space. You can add more rooms to your home with this style. 

Be careful in areas with ice and heavy snow as it can damage your roof

Typically, you’ll find this roof style on stately houses. The mansard tends to be one of the more expensive options. 

A Plethora of Roof Styles for Homes

These are but a few of the available roof styles for homes. Hopefully, we have made it easier for you to decide what style of roof is perfect for you. But if you find these still don’t suit your needs, there are many more options out there.

Once you have chosen your roofing style, your next step is to hire a roofer. Review our blog to learn what questions to ask when selecting a roofer.