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9 Most Popular Types of Roofs

Throughout the country (and San Antonio, TX) there are some types of roofs that are more popular than others. Click here to read the 9 most popular types we encounter.

9 Popular Roofing Types to Choose From

Not only does your roof impact the value of your home, but it also plays a crucial role in protecting you from the elements and airborne debris. Your roof is also responsible for other functions, like storage space in the attic, providing shade, and insulating your home.

It’s essential to hire a professional to ensure that your roof installation or replacement adheres to current building safety codes. There are numerous roofing options available, each with its advantages and disadvantages. 

Choosing the right one can be challenging, whether you want a low-maintenance roof or live in a harsh climate. We’ve compiled a list of nine common roof types that homeowners often consider, so keep reading or give us a call today to find out more!

Hip Roof

A hip roof is defined by its four-sided structure, with all sides meeting at a peak or ridge and sloping down. To add character to their roof design, many people opt to combine a hip roof with another style. Regular maintenance is crucial to ensure the best protection and durability. 

Hip roofs are commonly constructed using materials such as clay, asphalt, concrete, or metal, although other options are available. These roofs offer excellent protection against inclement weather conditions, including snow, wind, and rain, while also providing ample shading.

Although hip roofs can be combined with other roof types, their main disadvantage is their higher cost due to the complex design and construction. If your budget permits, though, a hip roof is a fantastic option to consider.

Gable Roof

There are several benefits to choosing a gable roof. These roofs feature two sloping sides that meet at the top, typically constructed using asphalt shingles. However, there are a lot of other roofing materials available to pick.

When choosing a gable roof, you can choose one of three central types: cross gable, side gable, or Dutch gable. To make sure you get the most security and longevity, regular inspections and gutter cleanings are essential.

While gable roofs are durable against rain and snow, they’re susceptible to strong winds and may not be suitable for areas prone to hurricane weather. However, you can combine a gable roof with other roofing styles to create a unique structure.

Affordable and relatively easy to build, gable roofs are an excellent option to consider. Don’t hesitate to contact our experts today to get started with an estimate!

Clipped Gable Roof

The Jerkinhead roof, also referred to as a clipped gable roof, is a distinctive and traditional roofing design. Although asphalt shingles are the most common material choice, there are a lot of other materials to choose from. 

Due to their age, Jerkinhead roofs can be challenging to build, resulting in higher construction costs. Because of the difficulty to construct, you should let professionals like Wilson Roofing and Renovation handle your roof replacement or installation.

Proper ventilation can also be a challenge with this type of roof. Jerkinhead roofs are known for their durability against harsh weather conditions, though, including rain, wind, and snow. They also offer excellent attic storage space and make a bold statement for your home.

Bonnet Roof

If you need additional attic space and more places for hanging objects outside, a bonnet roof may be an ideal choice. Bonnet roofs feature a four-sided slant with an overhang, providing a lot of space to hang things. Metal is the most commonly used material for construction, although asphalt shingles are also an option.

To ensure proper waterproofing, regular maintenance is essential, particularly for the ridge where the sides of the roof meet. Bonnet roofs can be challenging to build and require extra waterproofing measures, which can add to the overall cost. These roofs are highly durable and provide excellent shading when it’s hot out. 

Barn Roof

A gambrel roof, also referred to as a Dutch roof, is a popular choice for barns, farmhouses, and Cape Cod-style homes. Gambrel roofs consist of a four-sided gable roof that requires regular maintenance to make the most of your waterproofing. 

Typically, asphalt shingles are used in the construction of a gambrel roof. Although not as durable against harsh weather conditions, a gambrel roof provides good attic space at an affordable cost. Call us now for more information about any of these roof types, or to schedule your estimate!

Saltbox Roof

If you like the concept of a gable roof but want one side of your roof to be bigger, the saltbox roof might be what you’re looking for. It’s slanted with no flat point, which makes it great for homes with multiple floors. 

Asphalt shingles are the most common choice for construction. Saltbox roofs are better-suited for snow and rainfall, but here are some other pros and cons to consider:


  1. Don’t need a lot to maintain
  2. Holds up against strong winds


  1. Can make the inside of your attic shaped weird
  2. Less room for attic storage
  3. Can cost more than other types

Shed Roof

Shed roofs, also known as lean-to or skillion roofs, are not limited to just sheds. They offer a sleek and modern look to any house or barn with a single flat slope. When you want a shed roof, asphalt shingles and metal are commonly chosen materials. 

Since shed roofs drain to one side, it’s crucial to have regular cleaning and inspection of the gutters to prevent clogging. Shed roofs are a cost-effective roofing option that also offers space for solar panels. However, they may not be suitable for areas with harsh winds or those in need of more attic storage.

Flat Roofing

Flat roofs have a slight slant to promote runoff while providing a flat space for numerous rooftop features. With a rubber material that’s durable to the elements, you can install solar panels or other options for better efficiency. Here are some other points to consider:


  1. Cost-effective
  2. Efficient material
  3. Gives you roofing that can house solar panels or AC units


  1. Regular maintenance is the best option
  2. You might want to reconsider if you have a lot of snow or rain

Butterfly Roof

Aptly named, the butterfly roof has 2 slopes shaped like a V. This promotes drainage and runoff for repurposed water. With that in mind, waterproofed materials are the best, from rubber and PVC to TPO and EPDM. 


  1. You can reuse runoff
  2. The shape is perfect for solar panels
  3. Holds up well against strong winds


  1. Needs to be maintained by professionals
  2. Initial cost and regular maintenance can cost more
  3. Not ideal for rainy or snowy climates

Those are some of the most popular options for residential roof types. If you’re wanting to know more or schedule an estimate, give our trained experts at Wilson Roofing and Renovation a call today!

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