Hip roof

Hip Roof : Different Hip Roof Designs

A hip roof  is a type of roof where all sides slope downwards to the walls, usually with a fairly gentle slope.A hipped roof house has no gables or other vertical sides to the roof.

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This type of roof constructions  is very common  and is ideal for homes which may be exposed to dramatic weather such as high winds or hurricanes. Hipped roof offer improved internal bracing and have a lower chance of being peeled from the house at the gable end of the roof.

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Though hip roofs do offer less internal space, this is a small price to pay for their wealth of weather-shielding and other practical benefits.

Different Hip Roof Designs

When it comes to hipped roofs, there are a number of different roof designs.  We different types of hipped roof design below;

Simple Hip Roof


Hip Roof
simple Hip Roof

These roofs are the most common type of hip roof design, with a ridge over a portion of the roof which in turn creates two polygon sides and two triangle sides of the roof.

Pyramid Hip Roof


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Pyramid Hip Roof

A pyramid hip roof, as its name suggests, is created through four equal triangular sides which meet at a singular point at the top of the roof which juts upward.

Cross Hip Roof


Hipped Roof
Cross Hip Roof

This roofing construction could be likened to the effect of bringing two hipped roof buildings together. The two roof sections meet at their respective ends, creating a seam which is referred to as the ‘valley’ or a cross hipped roof.

Half Hip Roof

Half Hipped Roof

This is a take on the standard hip roof design, but in this instance the two sides of the roof are shortened in order to create eaves.

Dutch Gable (Hip) Roof

Dutch Gable Roof

This is a hybrid of a gable and hip roof design, in which a full – or partial – gable can be found at the end of a ridge in the roof, which allows for more internal roof space. It can also improve the aesthetic appeal of the roof, creating a design that is more interesting and less commonly found.

Advantages of a Hip Roof

  • Design is self bracing & requires less diagonal bracing
  • Better suited to high wind or heavy snow areas
  • Consistent eave & gutters all the way around
  • Improves curb appeal on many homes
  • Can be combined to form great roof designs

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Disadvantages of a Hip Roof

  • More complex and costly to design and build
  • Less attic space due to sloping on all sides

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