When you plan to build a house or just replace the old roof, choosing the right roof model can be a little more difficult than you thought. After all, the roof is not only the element that protects your house from the weather, but also plays an important role in defining the exterior aspect of the house. At the same time, the roof can provide additional space for arranging an attic, and if it is built with quality products, it will prevent heat loss, so you will have a more efficient house in terms of maintenance costs. We have prepared below a small guide with tips to choose the residential roof design.
Roof types – everything you need to know before starting a project
There is no standard recipe for choosing and building a roof for a house. When you want to design and build a roof you have to take into account the shape of the roof you want to adopt (flat or pitched), the weather conditions (temperatures, wind and precipitation/ snow) in the area and during the year, the degree of thermal and sound insulation and other factors.
Per Highlands Ranch roofing professionals, here are the top residential roof designs and materials:
This is one of the classic design for pitched roofs and can be easily recognized by the triangular shape formed by the two slopes.
- it is easy to install and does not require too much costs, due to its rather simple design
- it offers you space to arrange an attic
- it allows easy drainage of rainwater and snow
- you can install protection and ventilation elements that protect it over time and increase its lifespan
- with a proper resistance structure, these roofs do well will different types of coating materials including asphalt shingles, wood shingles, metal, clay tiles or slate.
- in areas with a lot of snow, it is recommended that the slope be at least 40 degrees, in order to prevent accumulations.
This design consists of four slopes on all four sides, joined at the top by a horizontal ridge.
- it is more stable than the gable roof, due to the multiple slopes that provide better stability and resistance
- it can be installed even in areas with strong winds and heavy snow, because it allows water to drain easily and prevents it from accumulating on the roof
- it offers additional space for arranging an attic
- due to its complexity, it is more expensive, because it requires the use of more building materials
- hip roofs also do well with almost any roofing materials
As the name suggests, these roof have no slopes. They are increasingly popular in modern homes with geometric designs.
- the flat space offers possibilities for arranging an outdoor terrace or a garden
- you can install solar panels if you want to build a “green” home with an independent energy system
- such a roof is easy to build and does not require many materials, hence its low construction costs
- waterproofing is crucial, so these roofs must be covered with quality materials, which typically consist on metal or rubber membranes.