If you’re planning to build a house, you may not be aware of all the roof types you can choose from. Here are some of the most popular roof designs and their pros and cons.

Hip Roof

A hip roof has four sloped sides that meet at a ridge in the middle. Its appearance is similar to that of a pyramid. That design provides stability and helps water flow off the roof. Most of the roof’s surface is visible when looking at a house, which can increase curb appeal.

A hip roof’s design makes installation more complicated and expensive than it is for other roof types. A hip roof may also require additional attic ventilation.

Gable Roof

A gable roof is an extremely popular design that can be used on homes in a variety of architectural styles. A gable roof has a timeless triangle shape that facilitates water runoff. It’s easy and relatively inexpensive to install.

One downside is that in severe weather, a gable roof can be blown off a house. Also, since it’s such a popular style, it may not be a good choice if you want your new home to stand out from those of your neighbors.

Dutch Gable Roof

If you’d like a gable roof that’s a little different than the traditional design, you can go with a Dutch gable roof. It has a hip roof in the front and can give you extra living or storage space. A Dutch gable roof can also provide more space for windows, which can promote air circulation in your new home. A Dutch gable roof requires more materials and more sealing than a traditional gable roof, and it also needs more maintenance.

Flat Roof

A flat roof can be a good choice if you want your house to look different than others in the neighborhood. A flat roof can allow you to have an open floorplan and can give you the option to add an additional level in the future. Flat roofs have a slight slope to prevent water from pooling. They need to be sealed more than other types of roofs, and they require more maintenance than other roof designs to keep the sealant intact and prevent leaks.

Get a Quote for Roof Installation

If you would like to get an estimate for a roof for your new house, contact JS and R Roofing. We’ve been installing and repairing roofs for Connecticut homeowners for over 20 years. If you’re not sure which type of roof would work best on your new home, we can discuss your options and help you make an informed decision, then give you an estimate. Contact us today.