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Hipped Roofs – Types & Advantages

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Hipped Roofs
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A hipped roof has no flat sides and is used in houses. The word “hip” refers to the outside angle formed at the point where two adjacent sides meet; its shape is slopy without any vertical sides, with a ridge or peak at the top, thus forming a pyramid-like shape. Usually, this type of roof style is used in North America and has long been used in the United Kingdom’s architecture. It offers a practical and elegant design; therefore, its use ranges from small cottages to grand mansions.

Types of Hipped Roofs

There are different designs for hipped roofs:

Standard Hipped Roof

It is mostly on rectangular houses with four slopy sides meeting at the ridge. The roof slope is almost the same on all sides, giving it a symmetrical shape where the longer sides are trapezoidal, and the others are triangular.

Pyramid/Pavilion Hipped Roof

It is usually present on square houses with all four equal triangular sides meeting at a point and forming a pyramid shape.

Cross-Hipped Roof

This type of roof has four slopy sides, is used for L-shaped buildings, and is constructed in such a way that it helps in bringing two hip roof buildings together. It helps in providing shade under the eaves all around the house.

Hip and Valley

It is found on T or L-shaped houses and has a valley created at the point where two roof sections meet at their ends. More than four roof hips form internal valleys; it is also known as broken back hip and valley roof.

Half Hipped Roof

It is a combination of a gable and a hipped roof. There is a gable structure with hipped style at the top and eaves at the bottom; this roof style also allows the installation of a gutter.

Dutch Gable Roof

Blending two designs, a hip roof and a gable, it has the gable at the top, allowing for more internal space.

Simple Hipped Roof

This type of roof has four sloping sides with a ridge present on the roof, creating two polygon sides and two triangular roof sides.

Mansard Hipped Roof

There are two different slopping angles on each side where the lower angle is steeper than the upper angle.

Tented Hipped Roof

It is a polygonal-hipped roof with steep slopes meeting at a peak point.

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Advantages of a Hipped Roof

Hipped roofs come in various designs and styles, offering different advantages as given below:

  • It offers more integrity to the overall structure.
  • It acts as a barrier against high winds; therefore, it is suitable for use in hurricane-prone regions.
  • It does not allow rain or snow to accumulate over the roof; it allows smooth drainage.
  • It adds aesthetic quality to houses with versatile designs.
  • It does not peel off due to drastic weather conditions and is durable.
  • It provides more interior space by making the eaves spacious, thus maximising the building’s space.
  • It helps regulate internal temperature by giving shade and insulation to the home, thus saving costs and lowering the environmental impact.
  • Its structure is self-bracing, which makes it comparatively more stable.
  • It provides space for fitting gutters on all four roof sides to allow easy drainage.

Maintenance and Repair of Hipped Roof

It is crucial to preserve the roof to enhance its longevity and durability; therefore, you should monitor your house roof’s condition at least twice a year, especially after severe weather conditions so that problems can be identified early. While inspecting your roof, you should check if any roof material is missing or damaged and check the drainage system for any blockage, dampness, or leakage. It also allows you to take necessary preventive measures, which include:

  • Cleaning the debris
  • Trimming the branches of surrounding trees
  • Inspecting the roof’s ventilation system
  • Hiring a professional person if the roof requires any major repair and maintenance.

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