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Simple Hip Roofs

A simple hip roof, or
hipped roof, is a four-sided roof that has sloping ends and sides,
usually with a fairly gentle slope. Hip roofs on
rectangular houses will have two triangular sides and two trapezoidal
ones, and they often have dormers. They have the advantage of giving
a compact, solid appearance to a structure.

This
style of roof has a long and distinguished architectural history.
While it was often used alone in an architectural design, a simple
hipped roof is often employed either in combination with a gabled
roof or as an alternative to a gabled roof.

In
modern domestic architecture, hipped roofs have been seen to
represent comfort, practicality, and solidness. They are thus
commonly seen in bungalows and cottages, and have been integral to
styles such as the American Foursquare, a style of home popular
from 1900 to the 1920s.

In more recent times,
hipped roofs were included in the design of many Ranch styles homes,
a style that was developed in California in the mid-1930s and
continued to be extremely popular until the mid-1970s.

Hip
roofs are more difficult to construct, requiring somewhat more
complex systems of trusses, but they can be constructed on a wide
variety of plan shapes.

A
particularly good style of roof to have in a very sunny place, hip
roof helps to shade all of the walls of the building, unlike a gable
roof which has minimal overhangs at the gables.

A hip roof is
also ideal to have in hurricane regions, especially if the slope of
the roof from horizontal is 35 degrees or greater (to
reduce/eliminate the airfoil effect of extreme high winds that blow
over the roof) as they are far less likely to peel off the house than
a gable end roof.

With a long and distinguished architectural history, hip roofs are most commonly seen on bungalows, cottages, and ranch-style homes. They can be extremely sturdy and very beautiful if paired with the right home. Here is some more information to get you started.

Costs

Because hip roofs are often more complicated to build, contractor fees may run higher for this type of roof than others. Speak with a local roofer for price quotes and more information. Some factors that will affect your total cost are the size (square footage) of your home, quality of materials selected to build your roof, and local labor rates.

Pros

Hip roofs represent comfort, practicality and solid protection.

They make a wonderful addition to already-charming homes, like bungalows, craftsman homes, cottages, and ranches.

Hip roofs help shade all walls of a building.

Cons

Hip roofs are more difficult to construct.

They usually require a somewhat more complex system of trusses.

A hip roof is more costly to install than a gable roof, for example.

Durability

Hip roofs are actually a very durable roofing option, and are said to perform optimally in hurricane regions, especially if the horizontal slope of the roof is 35 degrees or greater (to reduce/eliminate the airfoil effect of extreme high winds that blow over the roof). This makes the shingles far less likely to peel off the house than those of a gable end roof.

Maintenance

Make sure to ask your contractor about how best to care for your hip roof. Depending on the material, it could require some yearly clean-up.

Common Questions and Answers

What exactly is a hip roof?

A simple hip roof, or hipped roof, is a four-sided roof that has sloping ends and sides, usually with a fairly gentle slope. Hip roofs on rectangular houses will have two triangular sides and two trapezoidal ones, and they often have

What is a better choice—a gable or hip roof?

It’s not necessarily what’s “better,” but what better suits your needs. Gable roofs tend to be less expensive than hip roofs because they are simple to install and don’t require the same complex internal framework. However, hip roofs tend to be sturdier a

History

Hipped roofs became common among certain architectural styles like the American Foursquare, a style of home popular from 1900 to the 1920s. They were also included in the design of many Ranch homes, a style that was developed in California in the mid 1930s and continued to be popular until the mid 1970s.

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