Interested in a hip roof? You’re not alone. Many homeowners who love the look of a mansard roof will consider a hip roof, because of its durability. It has no gables, and depending on the shape, its look will change dramatically. There are a few different types of Hip Roof:
- Simple Hip: The most common type of a hip roof. It has a polygon on two sides and a triangle on two sides. The sides come together at the top to form a simple ridge.
- Cross Hipped: Similar to a cross gable roof. The line where the two roofs meet is called a valley. Note: Proper waterproofing with this style is a must, as water can pool in the valleys.
- Half Hipped: A standard hip roof that has two sides shortened to create eaves.
- Square Hip: shaped like a pyramid
- Rectangular Hip: has four faces, usually with the same pitch on all four sides, giving them a very symmetrical appearance.
Hip roofs can also have two triangular sides and two trapezoid-shaped sides. Unlike a gable roof with two visible sides, a hip roof has four sides that intersect at the roof’s peak like an igloo. Because the roof is slanted on all four sides, eaves and gutters are necessary on all sides.
Advantages of a Hip Roof
- Water drainage. A hip roof is angled on all four sides, so snow, ice and water cannot stand on its surface. The design encourages snow run-off and helps avoid roof collapse.
- Can be incorporated into an existing structure.
- less vulnerable to high winds than other styles, such as a gable roof.
Disadvantages of a Hip Roof
- More complex to build than a gabled roof and requires more material, which means you’ll pay more for this style.
- Additional seams means more opportunities for leaks. Proper maintenance should prevent any minor issues from becoming major ones.
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