The roof is one of the most distinctive characteristic elements of a house. The style, shape and slope can be planned out in order to maximize usable space in the home, protect against the elements, and give personality to the home. Other than just giving an outside perspective on the home, the roof is very important to how to interior of a home is laid out.

Popular American Roofing Styles

In this article Roofcorp Inc. of Metro Denver will take a look at some of the more popular and practical designs popular for American roofing. We will discuss the design, drawbacks and benefits of the styles.

  • Flat Roofs: Popular with commercial roofing and places where precipitation is not as much of a hazard. Typical materials for American roofing on flat roofs includes modified bitumen and rubber coatings such as TPO, PVC and EPDM. Flat roofs can often times have a gentle slope.
  • A-Frame Roof: There are seen more often in more rustic settings such as close to forests and bodies of water. They provide excellent protection against snow, ice, wind and hail but don’t make the best use of livable space in the home. Popular roofing materials from A-Frame include asphalt shingles and cedar shakes.
  • Gable Roof: One of the more popular American roofing styles. Seen in many forms of homes such as the craftsman. Characterized by dual slopes like an inverted V. Provides excellent use of livable space and fair protection against the elements. Able to cater to most roofing materials such as asphalt shingles, clay tiles or slate roofing.
  • Gambrel Roof: Similar to the Mansard style roof except usually overhangs the facade of the house. Popular on colonial homes.
  • Hipped Roof: Similar in style to the gable roof except the hipped roof provides a sloping styles in 4 distinct directions. Very popular American roofing style. Like the gable roof, can cater to several types of roofing material.
  • Mansard Roof: Classic roofing for French style building but still popular in American Roofing. Characterized by shallow slope above a steep slope.
  • Saltbox: Gable style roof with one short steep slope and a long gentle slope. Used to more popular due to ease of construction.

We hope this was a good preview of popular American Roofing styles!