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Hip Vs. Gable Roof: What’s The Difference?

Although it might not be top of mind, the design of your roof is important for protecting your home and property. The slope of your roof helps water run off it. It is important to determine the best type and slope design for your roof in order to ensure that it functions correctly and is structurally sound.

Gable and Hip are the most popular styles of roofs. You will be able to choose the right roof for your home by understanding the differences between the two types. Let’s have a closer look at hip and gable roofs.

What is a Hip Roof?

A hip roof (or hipped roof) is a roof that has all four sides meeting at the top to form a ridge (called hip) and slope down toward the walls. Each side of the roof has the walls sitting evenly beneath the eaves. There are many types of hip roofs.

  • Half Hip This is also known as a clipped-gable, jerkin-head, or jerkin roof. It’s a type of add-on to a Gable Roof where the end of a gable has an area with a small section of hip roof that slopes off its ridge. The perfect example of a semi-hip roof is the front right section of this house shown in the above image. )
  • Pavilion This type of hip roof, which is a square structure that has all sides meeting at the center peak, is often referred to as a Pyramid Roof because of its triangular appearance.
  • Mansard This type of hip roof is also known as French or Curb roofing. It has slopes that vary in angle and drop in the middle to become flattened at its top.

Pros Of a Hip Roof:

  • Stability Hip roofs have slopes on each side and a self-bracing design. They are strong and long-lasting, making them ideal for homes that can withstand a lot of snow and wind.
  • Consistent eaves Many people prefer a hip roof to a gabled roof because it provides a cleaner line.
  • Compatible With Low Slopes– Although other roof types require steep slopes, hip roofs can be used with low-sloped homes just as well as steeply sloped houses.

Cons Of Hip Roofs:

  • More Expensive Hip roofs are usually more expensive because they require more materials and are more complex in design.
  • Less Attic Space The slopes of hip roofing take up more space than a traditional gable roof, so if you value your attic space, hip roofing might not be the best choice.
  • Susceptible To Leaks This should not be a concern if your roof has been installed correctly. However, the multiple angles and ridges along with seams from slopes on all sides mean there’s more chance of leaking.

What is a Gable Roof?

Gable roofs have two sides that slope down, and the other sides have gables. They are walled from the ground to the top of the roof’s peak at the ridge. On the walls, you may find a window or vent. This style is also known as pitched or peaked roofs. There are many variations.

  • Front This type of gable roof is commonly used in colonial-style homes. The gable is located at the front of the home and the front door is situated beneath it.
  • Cross – This type is made up of two or more lines that intersect at an angle. It’s most commonly used for homes with attached garages and other wings that require their own section of the gable roofing.
  • Dutch Basically, it is a combination of a hip roof and a gable roof. A Dutch gable roof is a roof that has a gable on top of a hip roof. This allows for more attic space and enhances aesthetics.

Pros Of a Gable Roof:

  • Longevity – Because of the slopes of a roof gable, it is easy for snow, debris, and water to roll off. This makes it easier to maintain and less likely to be damaged. It will also last longer.
  • More attic space – The biggest difference between gable and hip roofs is how much attic space gable-style roofing provides. The roof’s slope on only two sides allows for vaulted ceilings, more space, and better ventilation.
  • Affordable – Because they are simpler in design and construction, gable roofs tend to be less expensive than hip roofs. This is obviously an important consideration when choosing the right roof for you and your budget.

Cons Of Gable Roofs:

  • Less durable in harsh conditions – Gable roofs are more susceptible to damage in high winds and storms.
  • Less Curb Appeal – Some people may prefer a simple gable roof but the more complicated hip roofs with their consistent eaves offer greater curb appeal.

Hip Vs. Gable Roof: What Is the Best for You?

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right roof for your home. These include weather conditions, aesthetic preferences, how big you need, and how much you can afford. Reggie Reed Roofing is able to help you with any type of roof.

This post was written by Reggie Reed! Reggie is a state-certified roofing contractor and co-owner of Reggie Reed Roofing. He is a 4th generation roofing contractor. RR Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing services for residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches, and more. Reggie enjoys dedicating his spare time to helping underprivileged youth in his community and traveling with his family and friends. Click here for more information!