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The 9 Most-Popular Roofing Types

While your roof can affect your property value, it also has to keep you safe from the elements and debris. Of course, there are many other variables that your roof is responsible for, including attic storage, shade, and insulation for your home.

As if all of that’s not important enough, you should also hire a professional to make sure your roof installation or replacement fulfills current building codes. There are many different roofing types to choose from, though, with different pros and cons for each one. 

Whether you live in a severe climate or want a low-maintenance roof, there are 9 common roof types that homeowners want. Keep reading to find out more on each on, or just give us a call today!

Hip Roof

A lot of people combine their hip roof with another roofing design to give it personality. A hope roof is 4-sided, where all of the sides peak together or meet at a ridge to go down in a slant. Regular maintenance is recommended for maximum protection and longevity.

Hip roofs are generally built with clay, asphalt, concrete, or metal, but you can pick from most materials. Your hip roof is good for shade and bad weather, including snow, wind, and rain. Hip roofs can be combined with different roof types.

The main drawback of a hip roof is the cost, because it’s more difficult to design and build. Still, if your budget permits, a hip roof is a great option to consider when you give us a call today!

Gable Roof

When you want a gable roof, there are many benefits that come with it. Gable roofs are made with 2 sloped sides that connect. They’re typically constructed with asphalt shingles, though you can choose to have yours done with almost any roofing material.

You’ll also have the option between central types of gable roof: Cross gable, side gable, and dutch gable. Gable roofs need routine inspections to make sure that everything’s secure, and you should have your gutters cleaned regularly.

Gable roofs can be heavily affected by strong winds, so they’re not ideal for hurricane climates. However, they’re durable against rain and snow. You can also blend a gable roof with other types of roofing for a unique structure. Gable roofs are affordable and they’re relatively easy to build, so call us today for an estimate!

Clipped Gable Roof

Also known as a Jerkinhead roof, these are older roofing designs to give you a unique outcome. Asphalt shingles are the popular material choice, but you can pick from most others. You’ll need a professional like Silverline Restoration, Inc. to construct a Jerkinhead roof.

They’re older, so they can be harder to build, which makes them more expensive. They’re also harder to vent properly, but Jerkinhead roofs are a bold statement that hold up against rain, wind, and snow. They also have great attic storage.

Bonnet Roof

When you need more attic space and room to hang things outside, a bonnet roof might be perfect. These have a 4-sided slant with an overhang to allow you to hang whatever you want. Metal is the most-common option for construction, followed by asphalt shingles.

Routine maintenance can make sure that the ridge where the sides meet is waterproofed. Bonnet roofs are harder to build and the waterproofing can cost extra, but they’re durable and great for shade.

Barn Roof

Also known as a gambrel roof, these usually go on a barn, farmhouse, or big Cape Cod-style houses. It’s essentially a 4-sided Gable roof that needs to be maintained for proper waterproofing. They’re usually made with asphalt shingles.

While a gambrel roof isn’t as durable against heavy weather, it will give you enough attic space without breaking the bank.

Saltbox Roof

The best way to explain a saltbox roof is a gable roof where one side is bigger than the other. There’s no flat space on these slanted roofs that are perfect for multi-floor homes in wet or snowy climates. You can choose from most roofing materials, but asphalt shingles are popular. 


  1. Low-maintenance
  2. Great against harsh winds


  1. Limited attic storage
  2. Potential for odd interior shape
  3. Can be more expensive than other roof types

Shed Roof

These types of roofs are also referred to as lean-to or skillion roofs, and they’re not just for sheds. They look great for a modern house or barn with a single flat slope. Metal and asphalt shingles are generally chosen for shed roofs.

Because they drain to one side, your shed roof’s gutter should be regularly cleaned and inspected. Shed roofs offer an affordable, modern look with room for solar panels. You might reconsider if you have harsh winds or need more attic storage, though.

Flat Roofing

Most flat roofs are found in big cities on tall buildings, but you can choose to put one on your home anywhere. With a flat roof, you’ll have more options for different features, like solar panels or a rooftop garden. 

Flat roof installation is done with rubber, which can cost more, but they last a long time and they’re durable. Contrary to the name, flat roofs have a slight slope. Even with that slope, flat roofs are prone to debris and poor drainage.   


  1. Affordable
  2. More space for rooftop features, like AC units, gardens, or solar panels
  3. Improved efficiency


  1. Not great for areas with harsh rain and snow
  2. Recommended routine maintenance

Butterfly Roof

The design of a butterfly roof is to catch and reuse rain with 2 slopes going inward. You’ll usually see these roofing installations on ultra-modern or mid-century housing. You should choose a waterproofed material, like rubber, TPO, EPDM, or PVC.


  1. Improved drainage
  2. Lets you collect rainfall for repurposing
  3. Durable against heavy winds
  4. Great for solar panel installation


  1. Required routine maintenance
  2. Doesn’t hold up well against harsh rainfall and snow
  3. More expensive for installation and upkeep

If you’re interested in any of these roof types for your home, or you want to know more, you can trust our experts at Silverline Restoration, Inc. Get started with an estimate when you call us today!

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