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Charlotte Roofing: Article About Hip and Gable Roofs

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When it comes to choosing a new roof, there are several styles that homeowners can choose from. Some of the styles that are available include a pyramid-hip roof, an M-shaped roof, a butterfly roof, a Dutch gable-style roof, and a saltbox-style roof. Charlotte roofing professionals have seen that the most common roof styles that are used in the United States are hip and gable roofs.

Hip roofs are extremely versatile. They can be covered with almost every type of roofing material. Hip roofs have slopes on all four sides of the roof that are the exact same length. All sides join at the top to form a ridge. Their complex design means that extra building materials are needed for their construction. Because of this, they are sometimes a more expensive roofing style. To prevent water infiltration at the seam of the roof, a waterproofing membrane, underlayment, and other roofing materials will be used. If they are not properly installed, leaks will occur.

Since all four sides of a hip roof are sloped, they are more stable than gable roofs. This style of roof is perfect for areas that receive a lot of rain and snow. The slopes allow rain and snow to slide off the roof. An added benefit to a hip roof is that homeowners will enjoy the extra space for a loft, an attic, or vaulted ceilings.

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Gable roofs have a triangular shape. They can be covered with a variety of roofing materials including clay tiles, concrete tiles and asphalt shingles. There are many benefits that are enjoyed by homeowners who have this style of roof. First, gable roofs easily shed water and snow, helping to avoid leaks and common roofing problems. Second, their simple design means that building costs are relatively low. Third, the pitch in the roof means that there is extra living and storage space.

One of the major disadvantages of gable-styled roofs is issues with wind. Extra care needs to be taken during framing and construction to guarantee that the right type of bracing is used. Gable roofs commonly have issues with roofing material flying off the roof during strong winds. Also, strong winds can create an uplift that may cause the roof to separate from the rest of the home.

When deciding on the right style roof for a new home or for a roof replacement project, homeowners should work closely with roofing professionals to get familiar with the roofing styles that are available and to choose one that is right for their home.

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