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Roofing Designs: Advantages and Disadvantages of Hip Roofs

One of the many roofing designs available, hip roofs are those that are designed with four rafters that meet on a ridge board in the middle of the roof. Like gable-style, the rafters are pitched; the difference is that a hip roof has four pitched sides as opposed to the two that gables have. Because the roof is slanted on all four sides, eaves and gutters are necessary on all sides. This type of roof is often combined with gabled or cross-gabled roofs, but can be used on its own as well. The advantages and disadvantages of this style, or any other you are considering, should be carefully weighed before making a choice.

Advantages of hip roofs over other roofing designs

Water drainage is the biggest advantage hip roofs have over other roofing designs. Because all four sides are angled, there is virtually no chance for water to stand anywhere on the surface of the roof. In areas that tend to have a lot of snow, this type of roof is a good choice; its design encourages snow run-off and helps avoid roof collapse. Another feature that makes this style more popular than others is its ability to be incorporated into an existing structure. One last advantage a hip-style roof has over a gable roof is that it is less vulnerable to high winds, allowing it to be used in all types of climates.

Roofing designs: disadvantages of hip roofs

As with all roofing designs, there are some disadvantages to the hip-style. One of those is that it is more complex to build than a gabled roof and requires more material as well; you will pay more in materials and in labor than with gables. Another disadvantage is that because there are more seams than a gabled roof, there are more opportunities for leaks. Proper maintenance should prevent any minor issues from becoming major ones.

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