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UNIQUE ROOF TYPES
When my family and I were building our house, we had three different heights, each with a different roof design. I didn’t think much about how much the style of our roof would change not only the look of our home but also its function and efficiency. To be honest, sometimes I wish I had made a different choice. And that’s why I’m sharing with you today so that you can be better informed about all the different roof styles before it’s too late.
Here’s a rundown of seven beautiful and unique roof styles to consider for your home.
This classic and symmetrical shape is what we learn when we first draw a house on paper as a child. It is the most commonly used roof shape in the United States, and it sheds rain and snow easily in more wet climates. The high pitch offers sufficient attic space that can often be converted into additional rooms or storage spaces.
This roof style is similar to the basic facade and includes additional gable roof sections of the home, which are connected at right angles to the mainframe to allow for more space and a more interesting design. This home also has a shed roof over the front porch.
This roof style is flat, as it were. There is an imperceptible slope to allow runoff. Although most often used in commercial buildings, flat roofs are popping up in modern architecture, like this amazing home with a tree that lives through it! In addition to a cool aesthetic, the flat roof can also be used as an extended outdoor living or garden space.
INVERTED CURVED ROOF
A traditional curved roof slopes towards the ground, but this state-of-the-art curved roof curves towards the sky. They are trickier to build, but a curved roof will definitely set your home apart from the neighbors – and it can add a subtle shape to the interior ceiling, too.
This roof is also called a French roof, and the sides come down to meet a low pitched roof. This style traditionally includes additional living space with dormer windows placed along the roof to bring light into the upper living area or the attic. This style can be built with future additions in mind – dormer windows and finished living space can be added later. But really, I just love how beautiful and unique it is!
This roof style is characterized by the asymmetrical angle of the roof that runs from one side of the house to the other. The design was popularized in the United States in the 1960s, and it is making a comeback with the rise of mid-century architecture.
This beautiful, historic roof style was created when the early settlers realized that with minimal materials they could add space by building a pitched roof over an existing gable roof, creating this asymmetrical design.
There are tons of other styles and combinations of roof styles, and it’s nice to get to know and recognize them while driving around the neighborhood. Of course, all this research has made me dream about what our next roof might look like