18 February 2019

Which roof design is right for your home?

Your roof defines the overall look of your home. This useful guide highlights some of the most common roof shapes used across the world
Bali style clay roof in Zimbali, Kwazulu Natal

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, there are lots of different roof shapes to choose from, each offering a different set of aesthetic and performance advantages. Different roof styles can also be combined on a single property to create a bespoke solution that suits your home’s look and location in every 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. You can also use the flat surface to create extra living space for your family, from a serene elevated garden to a functional terrace.

Gable roof

If you ask a child to draw a house, this is likely to be the type of roof they will sketch. Also called a ‘saddle roof’, a pitched gable roof is one of the most popular roof shapes and has been used for centuries for both its familiar, domestic look and its structural strength.

Mono Pitched roof

A single-sloped design is typically angled towards the side of your home that is most exposed to wind or rain. In addition to providing reassuring protection, the asymmetric shape is architecturally interesting and 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 or vertical  surfaces makes this type of roof more stable and durable in high winds, as well as providing reliable snow and rain drainage.

Half-hipped roof

Combining a gable and hipped roof design, this shape features a large gable end with shortened, clipped edges. These create a stable roof which is especially suited to rectangular homes which are exposed to strong winds, keeping your home safe and comfortable whatever the weather.

Find your shape

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