I see pointed roofs, curved roofs, and zigzags. How many ways can you build a roof?

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I see pointed roofs, curved roofs, and zigzags. How many ways can you build a roof?

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You’d be surprised to see how imaginative people can be in designing their roofs. Some are curved, pointed, flat, or a combination of different roof designs. In general, there are about 14 basic roof designs. They are:

  • Gabled
  • Hip
  • Mansard
  • Flat
  • Gambrel
  • Skillion
  • Jerkinhead
  • Butterfly
  • Saltbox
  • Bonnet
  • Dome
  • Curved
  • Sawtooth
  • Pyramid

Many of modern homes combine elements from these designs to come up with a unique look that stands out. Talk to a roofing contractor and they’ll tell you which roofing design works best for your location. The contractor I hired when we built our home suggested a clipped gabled or Jerkinhead roof. It looks a little different, but we’ve grown to like it. They also do other roof designs, though. Click here if you want to check out their gallery.

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