Choosing the right roof can be quite the process. Not only do you want something that will last against sun and inclement whether, but you want something that will resell well and look great with your style. Below is a guide of different roofs from Roof Cost Estimator to help find the perfect roof for your home. Visit Roof Cost Estimator for an even more in-depth look at these roofs.
The Dome Roof: Dome roofs look like a bowl. They are unique, aesthetically pleasing and durable.
The Gable Roof: This triangular, peak shaped roof is found very often in the U.S. They are simple designs that are generally cheaper to build and are advantageous for getting rid of water and snow. However, they don't perform as well in high wind areas, as wind can take a major tole on these roofs.
The Hip Roof: This type of roof slopes on four sides. They are all equal and connect to a ridge-like top. They are stable and resistant to wind and snow. This type of roof, however, can be more expensive and lend itself to more leak potential.
The Mansard Roof: This French style roof has four flat or curved sides sides with a double slope on each side. Because they lend themselves to extra living space potential, this roof is great for resale. They are also aesthetically appealing, so using a cool, long lasting material such as zinc or copper can help with resale as well.
The Grambel Roof: This barn-style roof has two slopes. These roofs can be quite attractive and lend itself to a Dutch Colonial or Georgian style homes. Much like the Gable Roof, the Grambel is not recommended for high wind areas and can be less expensive. Make sure, however, to maintain these roofs, as leaks can occur.
The Flat Roof: Flat roofs are essentially flat with only a small pitch to allow for drainage. Long term expenses and maintenance can become a problem, as the lack of a steep pitch can lead to water damage in areas of lots of rain and snow. These roofs are mostly found in commercial areas.
The Skillion Roof: This roof has a single slope that leans so that water and snow can run off. They are mostly used for sheds or porches, but are becoming a popular style for modern homes.
The Jerkinhead Roof: This Gable, Hip Roof combo is expensive, but allows for more stability against wind and rain. It also allows for additional living area: a great resale incentive.
The Butterfly Roof: This roof is found in modern, eco friendly designs usually in tropical areas. With V's sloping up and down and meeting in the middle, the roof looks like a butterfly's wings. Having the roof angle upward away from the home allows for more light, more natural warmth and an open feel. The slope and valley-like collection area also makes for an environmentally smart water collector. These roofs can be expensive to build and maintain, but save costs in other areas.
The Bonnet Roof: Reverse of a Mansard roof, this roof has two slopes, the lower slope at less of an angel than the upper slope. This roof is great for an outdoor porch that you hope to utilize, as the lower slope conveniently hangs over the home to allow for shade. Plus this overhang protects walls from water damage.
The Saltbox Roof: This roof has two slopes, one of which is flatter and leaning and the other a more normal slope. You can find these in Cape Cod. They are good for allowing water runoff but can be costly.
The Sawtooth Roof: Found in modern design, these roofs transition between vertical and sloped roofs, lending itself to the look of the blades on a sawtooth. They are great for an eco-friendly house, as more sunlight is let in. However, leaks can cause for costly maintenance.
The Curved Roof: These roofs are curved and very popular in modern design. With the arch shape, this roof is not only aesthetically pleasing, but very wind resistant.
The Pyramid Roof: This roof, like a Hip Roof, has all four sides coming together. They are extremely wind resistant and can keep energy bills down as well.
And of course, a combo of all of these roofs is great as well! Mix and match to make the best roof for your home!
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