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Selecting the perfect roof for your home

The overall look of your home starts from its roof. This handy guide illustrates some of the most common roof shapes used worldwide.
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Complex roof with many shapes

From flat to pitched

Choosing the right roof for your home is an important decision.

Nothing makes a statement about your home quite like the roof. Whether your design tastes are contemporary or traditional, each roof shape provides a distinct set of aesthetic and performance advantages. Different roof styles can also be combined to create a bespoke solution that suits your home’s look and location in the perfect way.

Flat roof
Contemporary yet subtle, flat roofs have grown in popularity in recent years. With a slope between 1 to 10 degrees, this roof shape is particularly common in warmer climates with less rain and snowfall. From a serene elevated garden to a functional terrace, you can also use the flat surface to create an extra living space for your family. 

Gable roof
A gable roof is one everyone is most familiar with. Also called a ‘saddle roof’, a pitched gable roof is one of the most popular roof shapes and has been used for centuries due to its domestic look and structural strength.

Pent roof
Also known as a ‘shed roof’, this single-sloped design is typically angled towards the side of your home that is most exposed to wind, rain or snow. In addition to providing reassuring protection, the asymmetric shape allows for large areas of glazing on the higher side of your home, letting in plenty of sunlight.

Hipped roof
Hipped roofs slope on all sides to create a traditional profile that evokes thoughts of home and comfort. The lack of flat and vertical  surfaces make these types of roofs more stable and durable in high winds, as well as providing reliable snow and rain drainage.

Half-hipped roof
A combination of the gable and hipped roof designs, this roof features a large gable end with shortened, clipped edges. This results in a stable roof which is especially suited to rectangular homes often exposed to strong winds.

Gambrel roof
Working on two sides like a gable roof, gambrel roofs are characterised by having two slopes on each side instead of one. The top slope is at a much lower pitch than the bottom, often at a steep, almost vertical angle. As well as being extremely eye-catching, it also creates a more practical space in your home’s attic, allowing family life to thrive and expand.

Mansard roof
Featuring a double slope on every side, Mansard roofs were a popular sight in 17th Century Paris. This elegant, classical design maximises space in the attic whilst adding an edge of prestige and sophistication to your property.