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A Quick Guide to Hip Roofs

Have you always been curious about hip roofs? If you’d like to learn more about what they are and why they’re a good choice, read our guide!There are many styles of roofs that you can choose from when building your home. One popular option is to build a hip roof onto your house. There are a number of benefits to hip roofs and we’ve created a quick guide to catch you up on what they are and why you should consider them. Read on to learn more about this popular roof style (contact us for more information)!


Balanced Roof


A hip roof is a style of roof that is balanced on all sides. You’re probably familiar with the common gabled roof, which has a steep pitch and, generally, two sides to the roof. Hip roofs are also quite popular, but they are a little more involved to build than gabled roofs are. On a simple square cottage, they include four balanced sides with four peaks leading up to the topmost peak. On square houses they can look a lot like a pyramid.


They can be put onto just about any style of house and are common on ranch-style houses, bungalows, and cottages. But with the right craftsmanship, a hip roof can be built onto other shaped houses, as well. There are also lots of variations that can be created with hip roofs, including making the base of the roof hipped and the top portion gabled.


Benefits of Hip Roofs


Hip roofs have a built-in support structure so they don’t need extra bracing like gabled roofs often do. Their gentle slope also helps with storms and bad weather, especially storms with a lot of wind. They’re the best kind of roof in areas that have hurricanes, but they should be at a 35 degree rise to be effectively secure against the strong winds.


Drawbacks of Hip Roofs


These kinds of roofs can be tricky to build and they require more materials than gabled roofs do. This means that they can be more expensive, though most homeowners feel that the benefits are worth the expense.


They also aren’t as easy to ventilate since all sides of the roof is covered in roofing material. There are ways around this, including adding a small dormer with ventilation or a window. They also cramp attic space and make it tricky to use the upper house area. There are modifications that can be made to remedy these issues, though.


If you’re ready to see if a hip roof would work well for your house, reach out to Turner Roofing for a professional consultation!

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