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.
There are different designs for hipped roofs:
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.
It is usually present on square houses with all four equal triangular sides meeting at a point and forming a pyramid shape.
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.
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.
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.
Blending two designs, a hip roof and a gable, it has the gable at the top, allowing for more internal space.
This type of roof has four sloping sides with a ridge present on the roof, creating two polygon sides and two triangular roof sides.
There are two different slopping angles on each side where the lower angle is steeper than the upper angle.
It is a polygonal-hipped roof with steep slopes meeting at a peak point.
Hipped roofs come in various designs and styles, offering different advantages as given below:
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:
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