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Understanding the different roof styles on homes, and the strengths and weaknesses of each kind is very important for all Union County roofers. The two most common types of roofs are gable style and hip style. These two types of roofs provide similar protections to the house but have some very distinct characteristics. Homeowners should know the difference so that they can accurately describe their roof to a contractor in order to get accurate pricing quotes for a new roof.

The gable style roof is the most common roof style in housing. It is simply a roof where two sides come to meet at a single point in the top. The gable may be oriented front to back over the structure of the house or left to right but it will only consist of the two sides. This roof design will have eaves only on the sides where the roof is actually sloping down and dropping off. This provides an area for rain and debris to roll away from the exterior walls of the house. The sides of the house where there is no roof visible are called the "rake".

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From the rake, the homeowner will be able to see the A shape of the gable, but not the actual surface of the roof.

The other common style of roofing is a hipped design. A hipped roof is more complex than a gabled roof, as it provides a shingled surface on all sides. This is done by creating a break inward of the end of the house, and adding a section of roofing that goes around the side of the house. This creates eaves on all four sides of the house and provides a better sealed surface where the gable would normally end. Another benefit to hipped roofs is that they require additional substrate to support the change in direction of the roofing materials. As a result, hipped roofs are more suitable for extreme weather conditions because they can handle more weight and pressure, in addition to directing more water and debris away from all sides of the house.

Both gable and hipped roofs are very common in residential applications. Knowing which is which can help determine the amount of roofing materials that will be needed for a full roof replacement, especially because hipped roofs are likely to need specialized shingles or tiles to cover the corner joints. On the plus side, hipped roofs do provide some advantages over gabled roofs for those in climates where heavy snow and rainfall are likely.

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