Under the Wrong Roof? 5 Common Roof Types - DKG Roofing

Under the Wrong Roof? The 5 Most Common Roof Types

5 most common roof types

There are many roof types out there, and deciding on the most appropriate one for your home can often pose a challenge. To help you make a decision, let’s look at 5 of the most popular roof types you can choose from:

Gabled Roofs

These are a traditional roof option, are comprise two slanted sides that meet at the highest point in order to form a ridge. They can be adapted to many design styles, and are a great option in cold and rainy climates.

Hipped Roofs

Gabled roofs have two sides that meet to form a ridge. Hipped roofs, on the other hand, have four sides. They are a stable option as weight is evenly distributed along the base. They are a great choice if you live in an area that sees many storms.

Flat Roofs

These roofs are not entirely flat, but rather have a slight pitch to allow drainage of water. They are very durable, and can often last up to half a century. Homes with these roofs are often designed so that the roof can serve as an extended outdoor living space for grilling or as a rooftop deck.

Shed Roofs

These roofs consist of a single plane that is angled downwards. They are a common option if one of the walls in your home is higher than another. This roof type is common in homes that are modern or minimalist, and often allow for a lot of natural light to enter the home.

Butterfly Roof

This is one of the more modern roof types and consists of an inverted gable. This creates ‘wings’ that slope inwards and meet in order to form a valley. They can help collect and store water, which makes them advantageous if your home is situated in a warm, dry climate.

A Word About Shingles

Asphalt shingles are probably one of the most common roof types that most people use, which are also called composition or prefabricated shingles.

This type of shingle is constructed with asphalt-coated fiberglass to make them water resistant. However, the biggest drawback of using asphalt shingles is that they do not last very long compared to other types of shingles such as cedar shake and metal shake.

Asphalt roofing shingles can be used on flat roofs as well as sloped roofs. The problem with using asphalt shingles is that they give way easily to changes in the slope of your roof. When installing asphalt roofing shingles, the first step is to create a level surface by setting the asphalt roofing shingles at the same height above the ground as the house.

The next step is to set the gravel below the shingles on the slope.

Most homeowners are looking for cost-effective roofing solution that is energy efficient and good for their homes. Asphalt shingles may be durable and long lasting, but they are a weak roofing material and need extra care for proper installation.

Most homeowners are trying to find the best and most energy-efficient roofs that would help them save money for their living space. If you would like to know more about the best types of roofs and the ways to make yours energy efficient, please DKG Roofing at (940) 497-2833.


There are many more roof types that are available for you to consider. Contact us for any questions regarding roof types or what is suitable for your home. We’d love to answer any questions that you might have!


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