Although it is true that your roofing designs will certainly not be the first thing you pick out when designing your home, it is undeniable the design of your roof is extremely important to your home’s overall look and feel. Roofs come in a wide array of types and styles, and your roof of choice can dramatically change your home’s appeal; it can even make it look like a different home altogether. For this reason, you need to be knowledgeable of the decisions you make when it comes to your roof’s design.
Roofs come in many shapes in styles. Here are the three most popular roofing designs:
This is easily the most common type of roof. It is also the easiest to build. A gable roof is a simple structure created by adjoining two roof lines at an obtuse angle (think of a wide, upside-down V). For houses that are not square or rectangular in shape (“L-shaped” homes, for example), two or more gable roofs may converge. There a many benefits to having a gable roof including: water runs off easily and plenty of ventilation. This design may be applied to any type or style of home.
This style is very similar to the gable roof. It is basically the same thing, except the two roof lines are joined at a smaller angle, creating a more defined upside-down V shape (or, an A hence the design’s name). The difference between an A-frame roof and a gable roof is that, with an A-frame roof, the roof also creates the walls of the home. Originally used solely in the design of cottages, the A-frame is now a popular roofing choice for houses of all types.
Again, the gable roof may be considered the basis for this type of roof. The difference is that, with a hip roof, the ends (where you would normally see the upside-down V shape) are capped off at an angle, creating a triangle shape (with the point at the top). Hip roofs are appropriate for any style home, but are a little more difficult to construct than the previously mentioned roof types. They are not the best roof style for ventilation or water drainage. Hip roofs are considered a higher-end roof, as they are more complex than many alternative styles.
There is a lot to think about when it comes to choosing the best roof for your home. Experienced professionals can help you make that important decision, and can also bring your vision to life. To put your roofing project into the hands of a contractor you can trust, contact Lyons Roofing. We can be reached by phone, in Indiana at 812-294-3595 and in Kentucky at 502-689-0338. You can also request a free roofing estimate online