What if you renovated your home but forgot the most important part?
Many homeowners focus on renovating areas like the kitchen, bathroom, or even the siding on their homes. But for the most part, they overlook a key area: the roof!
Fortunately, there are many different roof styles available if you are looking to either renovate your existing home or build a new home from scratch. And here are the 10 most popular styles worth looking at!
1. Gable Roof
You may not want to do something wildly unique for your new roof. If you’d like to go with a design classic, there is always the gable roof.
This triangular roof design goes dates back to the earliest houses in America and will help your home fit in within any neighborhood. And they are a particularly good choice in areas that get a lot of rain and/or snow.
Keep in mind that gable roofs don’t handle hurricanes that well. If you live in an area that gets plenty of hurricanes, you may need to make another choice.
2. Dome Roof
Maybe you want your home to stand out instead of blend in. In that case, a Dome roof is a very interesting stylistic choice!
These roofs are highly durable in a variety of scenarios, especially bad weather. As you can imagine, you don’t have to worry about snow or rain piling up when the entire roof is a dome!
It can be complex and expensive to construct such a roof. However, it makes for a very original roof design. In fact, a dome roof practically guarantees you’ll have the most unique home in your entire area.
3. Hip Roof
The term “hip roof” might make you think of beat poets and snapping fingers. However, it simply refers to a roof with four slopes that come together and form a kind of ridge.
In terms of both style and design, this kind of roof is like an enhanced version of the gable roof. The sloping design element makes such roofs more resistant high winds, especially when you adjust the pitch accordingly.
As a bonus, hip roofs can let you squeeze in some extra living area to your home. By adding a “crow’s nest” area, your home can have an extra nook for guests to sleep or relax in.
4. Pyramid Roof
Want to take your hip roof game to the next level? Then you can “build like an Egyptian” and go for a pyramid roof.
This is like a hip roof except that you end up with no gables or vertical side areas. As a result, the four sides come together and resemble a pyramid design.
While this design mostly works best for smaller buildings, it can help to make a structure very resistant against high winds. And the design of the eaves actually reduces your energy costs over time, helping offset the higher construction costs of the pyramid design.
5. French Roof
The French roof (also known as a mansard roof) is another classic design. It has four sides that come together via dual slopes to create a roof with a lower pitch.
If you’ve always wanted a home with an attic, this is a great design choice. And the design “scales”–you can build the French roof right away and add features like dormers later on.
Remember, these roofs aren’t great when it comes to snow. If you get lots of snow around wintertime, you should go with a different design.
6. Curved Roof
Speaking of options, going with a curved roof gives you plenty of great design possibilities.
At its heart, such a roof is similar to a shed roof. But it has a curvy, eye-catching design. And you decide just how curvy it will be!
The design may range from mild curves to serious arches. Whatever your choice, this roof adds a touch of elegance and class to your home.
You can also adjust the curve amount and style to help deal with issues like snow or rain. Because of that, this is one of the most versatile roof styles.
7. Barn Roof
The term “Barn roof” may have you imagining farmers from the days of old. However, this term refers to a French roof that has two slopes instead of the usual four slopes.
It is a design that you will have seen on barns or log cabins, but it makes for a stylistic addition to any suburban home. And like the French roof, it offers space that you can turn into a spare bedroom or den, though it’s not a great choice for hurricane-prone areas.
8. Sawtooth Roof
A sawtooth roof is certainly eye-catching. It involves multiple parallel-pitched roofs that alternate between vertical and sloped areas.
Such a design provides more natural light for your home and more living space. While this is a great design for an eco-conscious household, keep in mind it will be expensive and difficult to build.
9. Flat Roof
Despite the name, flat roofs aren’t completely flat. They are pitched enough so that rainfall cannot pool up, but they appear to be flat to anyone who looks at them from ground level.
Many homeowners overlook this design because they think it looks a bit basic. And while it’s true that this is a “no-frills” roof, it effectively increases your outdoor living space.
From enjoying a morning coffee to throwing an evening party, this extra space really comes in handy. And you can have a pro install one for you in no time.
10. Saltbox Roof
Want your home to have a bit of Colonial style? In that case, a saltbox roof may be your best bet.
These roofs combine sloping sides and leaning sides to create an asymmetrical appearance. Because of these angles, these homes can handle even heavy rainfall without any problem.
And, just as it did for the original colonists, this style of roof provides extra living space inside the home.
Roof Styles: Making The Choice
Now you know about the many roof styles to choose from. But do you know who can help you install it?
We specialize in the installation and repair of roofs in the DFW area. To see how we can help you create the home of your dreams, request a free estimate today!