Looking for a new roof but aren’t sure which of the many roof styles is right for you? You’ve come to the right place. Today we’re highlighting some of the top roofing types in 2021 to use for your new roofing project. We’ve included pros and cons to help you decide which is perfect for you.
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Gable roofs are easily one of the most popular roof types in the United States today. In addition, they are easy to identify due to their distinct triangular shape. If you’re looking for a traditional looking home that can still work well with any type of style (including modern), then a gable roof may be the right call for you.
Pros of gable roofs:
- Appealing aesthetic
- Slanted angle gets rid of water and snow easily
- Ideal for climates that experience a good amount of precipitation
- Adds height to the attic or vaulted ceilings which allows for more ventilation
Cons of gable roofs:
- If frames are not installed correctly, collapses are possible with high winds
- High winds may also cause materials to break off
Another common type of roof, the hip roof has slopes on all four sides. Each side has the same length and meets at the top to form a ridge. This style can be a little more divisive when it comes to aesthetics, but when done right it can be a great addition to the home.
Pros of hip roofs:
- Generally, hip roofs are more stable than gable roofs thanks to the inwards slope of all four sides
- Similar to gable roofs, they are great for shedding all types of precipitation
- If built large enough, you can add rooms under them
- Because they require more materials, they are more expensive than gable roofs
Taking a quick detour from shaped roofs, here we have the flat roof. On the name alone you can probably guess what this roof looks like. Yes, it is indeed flat. Of course, they aren’t completely flat, otherwise, water wouldn’t be able to run-off the roof.
Flat roofs are often reserved for commercial buildings, but many modern homes have included them in their builds with excellent results.
Pros of flat roofs:
- Can be used for gardens or patios
- Heating and cooling units can be placed on them
- Easy to incorporate solar into them
- Typically require less material so they are cheaper
Cons of flat roofs:
- More likely to incur water damage as they don’t run-off water as easy as slanted roofs
- May need more maintenance down the road, which can end up costing quite a bit
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Talk about modern, sawtooth roofs are ideal for modern homes because of their cutting-edge, outside of the box aesthetics. A sawtooth roof is when you have two or more parallel roofs that are sloped.
Pros of sawtooth roofs:
- Windows can be placed in the roof’s vertical spaces, which looks beautiful and provides more natural light
- Higher peaks can once again allow homeowners to add additional rooms
Cons of sawtooth roofs:
- As you may have guessed, they are more expensive both in terms of the complexity of the design and the number of materials needed
- They are considered a high maintenance roof
- May not be the best for high snowfall climates as they are more susceptible to damage from snow
Curved roofs are another great detail often seen with modern homes. With planes that are curved, these roofs are perfect for homeowners that are interested in creating a unique home.
Pros of curved roofs:
- While looks are subjective, curved roofs do offer a unique, fun look that many homeowners will find aesthetically pleasing
- Can be highly customized to fit your needs
Cons of curved roofs:
- May cost more than a traditional roof due to the complexity of the design
- May stand out too much amongst neighbors—which can also be a pro
A combination roof is exactly what it sounds like. It is a roof style that incorporates one, two, or sometimes even three different styles into one. The result can be a beautiful, distinct roof that is anything but ordinary. When done correctly, this roof will impress your neighbors for years to come.
Pros of combination roofs:
- Allows you to use the best type of roof for each individual piece of your home
- From an aesthetic perspective, it’s hard to beat it
Cons of combination roofs
- As with the other more complex roofs on this list, it can be more expensive
Choosing the Right Roof For Your Home
When it comes to picking the ideal roof for your home, it starts with understanding your climate in addition to your style preferences. For example, a flat roof may not be ideal for your home if you live in Minnesota where heavy snowfall is common—even if you love the look of it.
You should work with your home builder or roofer to decide what roof makes the most sense, both in terms of the style and materials.
For materials, there are plenty of options out there. Metal roofing has become very popular today and can last a lifetime. Asphalt shingles still get the job done and, when installed correctly, can last a good while as well.
When choosing between the types of roofing materials, once again, working directly with your roofer is the best way to ensure you make the right decision.