The shape, size and structure of a home’s roof can majorly add curb appeal to it. It not only makes your roof look better, but also adds so much personality and influences overall design of a house. It can raise the exterior design standards from being just normal to amazing.
A roof structure can come in many styles, colors, textures, shapes as well as sizes. With some options for the roof, it’s possible for you to easily create something extraordinary.
These ten unique roof structures should spark everyone’s creative imagination!
1. Bold colored composite shingles roof
Play with bold colors to create a fun look full of personality for a house. This roof structure uses a bold and deep magenta color to make an eye-catchy look. Double roofing effect makes it more interesting than any other roof. You can also use composite shingles for a textured look. You can also couple brown wood structure with the shingle roof that can gives rich look in both texture as well as color. Opting for bold colors for roof structure is a win-win situation for anyone.
2. Curved gabled roof
Gabled roof is something similar to what young children pictured in their drawings. It comprises for two slopes from either sides, that come together at a ridge and create end walls with a triangular extension. But the curved gabled roof is one of its types and requires a lot of skill and time to create. When builders have primitive tools and building materials, it becomes easier to build this curved shaped roof.
3. Hipped roof
Also called as Hip Roof, this roof slopes upward from all sides of a structure, and has no vertical ends. These slopes may resemble a pyramid in a square house. This roof is more difficult to build than a gabled roof as it requires more complex systems of beams and trusses. The ridge formed by these slopes is often covered with a vent. A hip roof may have dormers but will not have a gable. These types of roofs are commonly seen in bungalows and cottages.
4. Gambrel roof
Have you ever climbed into a roomy attic and looked at the roof suspended over your head? A gambrel roof is that type of roof that enables all that extra space. It is asymmetrical two-sided roof in which each side has two slopes out of which one is steeper and one shallower. These roofs are easier to build and offer more storage space under them than usual slanting roofs. They require extra support beams and columns, but less material for construction. These roofs can be used in houses and residential buildings and double-hung windows to allow light into the space.
5. Mansard roof
This roof is named after the French architect Francois Mansart and popular in 1500 – 1600’s. This historical style is still used today, and more commonly on apartments or commercial buildings than houses. A mansard roof is a hipped gambrel. This means that the roof slopes in all four directions of the building instead of two. These roofs have windows that project out of from the roof. This helps in bringing light into the attic, and gives an option to turn the space into a bedroom. This ability of turning attic into living room is the greatest advantage of mansard roof.
6. Saltbox roof
This roof is asymmetrical and has only two sides. The smaller side has a low slope and the larger side has an even lower slope which is almost looks like flat roof, giving the look of a shed-style. These roofs are evolved from gable roofs in the 14th to 16th centuries in order to allow more living space for growing families. Nowadays, saltbox roofs give a house an attractive, antique look, and are cheap way to add more living space to one side of your house.
7. Jerkinhead roof
This roof looks like a gable roof with clipped peaks that is why it is called as clipped gable roof. This is also called as a “Dutch hip”. But, whatever the name be, it has two large sides and two very small sides. You can use asphalt shingle, clay shingles, concrete or slate tiles, wood shakes, etc roofing material for this roof. You will surely find something that fits your style and budget.
8. Butterfly roof
This roof is inversion of standard roof, which has two roof surfaces sloping down from opposing edges in the middles of the roof. The roof is called so because its shape looks like a butterfly’s wings.
There are countless roofing styles available, but, it totally depends upon you which to choose. However, it could be fun knowing or learning about them and recognizing them when you through the neighborhood.