Different Types of Roofs

The roof is a mandatory part of any building. It protects us from extreme weather elements such as sun, wind, rain, heat, snow, sunlight, and wild animals. Roofs can further be functional for trapping water for domestic uses such as drinking, watering plants or flushing toilets. They are also decorative, giving the house a certain look depending on your preference.

Various factors come into play when choosing what type of roof you should have on your building. Factors such like the climate, environment, cultural influence and the purpose of the building determine your roof type.  These factors also influence the kind of materials you need for your roof and which roofers to contract.

Here are some of roof types available in the market today.

Mansard Roof


It is also referred to as a French roof or curb roof. It is four-sided, and each side has two slopes. The first is a gradual slope, followed by a steeper slope. It’s also characterized by dormers. These are windows projecting out on the steeper sides of the slope, bringing in light and the option of an attic, bedroom or space for any other function you may fancy.

According to one’s taste, the lower part of the roof after the bend can either be straight, curved inward or flare outward.

Gambrel Roof


The gambrel roof is easy to build. It is asymmetrical, two-sided roof. Each side has two slopes. The upper slope is shallow and the lower one steeper as was found in Dutch colonial houses. Due to increased storage space than most roofs, they are normally on structures such as barns and sheds. When a gambrel roof is used in residential houses, a dormer is included to allow light into space.

Saltbox Roof


An American colonial style house, the saltbox long raised roof that slopes all the way down to the back, makes it unique. This is because it has a single storey at the back but two at the front, creating an asymmetrical, low roofline at the back. It may also feature a chimney on its shorter floor, not as a rule, but according to one’s preference.

Folded Plate Roof

This is a kind of roofing that has multiple gables all through the roof, giving it a kind of folded or sharp wave effect. If maximum space is what you are looking for, folded plate roofing is perfect for you because the structural system can carry loads without the need for additional support beams thus creating more space.

Folded plate roofs are suitable for warehouses, public and industrial structures. Because there’s more binding in this type of roofing, more materials are used for folded plate roofing.

Butterfly Roof

Butterfly roofs were common in post-war America and are, therefore, a common feature in older neighborhoods across the USA. They have an interesting history, a variety of designs and many benefits.

The butterfly roof has two adjacent gables that slope inward at the center, causing a dip. Its design resembles the shape and angle of a butterfly when flapping in an upward motion. Its unique shape allows it to trap water that can be supplemented for domestic purposes. Rain drains off it, making it an ideal type of roofing for areas with rain or snow. It can also withstand strong winds.

Skillion Roof

The skillion roof has only a single flake surface that is steep. It’s also referred to as a shed roof. The skillion roof has good drainage due to its structure, and when it comes to construction, it’s simple, fast and low in cost. It has perfect drainage, allowing water to run off. It also allows for the placement of solar panels for solar power use.

Flat Roof

A flat roof is almost level. It is easily the simplest roof to build because it has a slight pitch degree or no pitch at all. Commercial buildings all over the world have this type of roofing. It is suitable in areas with little rainfall allowing the roof to be of use as a green roof to grow plants on or double as a relaxation spot among other functionalities.

A-Frame Roof

An A-frame roof has a steep roofline, beginning right at the foundation line or sometimes slightly above, all the way to the top, forming the letter A. The roof, therefore, acts as both as the roof and walls.

Whichever roof type you may require, it’s important to understand that having the job done by professional and experienced roofing companies is always the best way to go in ensuring you have the perfect result. Check our testimonials for our stamford roofers