Which Roof Style Is Right For Your Home

Whether you are building a new house, renovating an existing home, or simply need a new roof, choosing the right type of roof can be more difficult than you think! As one of the most essential parts of any home, a roof is a big commitment. Far from its most practical purpose of protecting your family from the outside elements, the shape of a roof plays a major role in defining the overall look and style of your house.  The architectural aesthetic of your home, the area you live in, and even the weather you are likely to experience are all factors you should take into account when choosing the style of roof that is right for you. As roofing experts, Pinnacle Roofing & Restoration want to help you understand and identify the best roof style for your home. Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of some of the most common roof types.


Also known as pitched or peaked roof, gable roofs are some of the most popular roof styles in the US and are easily recognized by their triangular shape. The simple design makes them easier to build than more complex designs, saving you money, and is well suited to areas with heavy precipitation, since it easily sheds rain and snow. However, gable roofs can be problematic in high wind and hurricane areas if the frames are not constructed with adequate supports. Though they can be modified to withstand higher winds, the proper braces must be used and the roof should always be inspected after a large storm to ensure there is no damage.

Gambrel or “barn”

A spacious option inspired by Dutch style homes, gambrel roofs are easily constructed and offer a ton of additional space, providing room for anything from an extra floor to an attic or loft. This is another style of roof that is not recommended for high wind areas, however, or those that receive heavy amounts of snowfall. Due to their design, they could potentially collapse under the pressure. Regular roof maintenance to inspect for leaks and cracks are important to prevent future problems or halt any existing damage.


The flat roof has a striking architectural style and offers many unique possibilities. For those who lack space for a patio, for instance, a flat roof can easily double up as a deck or garden. Flat roofs are dramatic, different, and easily built, but they do require quite a bit of upkeep. Because there is very little pitch, flat roofs can gather debris and heavy precipitation like snow quickly.

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Pyramid roofs are generally used for smaller homes and structures. This style is very resilient thanks to its sturdy construction. All four sides of the roof come to a point, so the sides are slanted equally. A pyramid roof is great in all types of weather, and even wind and precipitation cannot do much damage to it. Great for all types of weather, even wind and precipitation cannot do it much damage, but it does tend to be more costly since it is a more difficult to build than some other styles.


The asymmetrical saltbox roof is a unique option that is ideal for areas that receive regular, heavy rainfall. The pitch of the roof lets water run right off, and the lean-to construction adds extra space to your home. Its complex construction, while fascinating and sturdy, also make it more expensive to design and build.


Mansard roofs are a borrowed French design, and are usually attributed to larger, more stately homes. A mansard roof is easily added to, so it is an excellent option for those who are may want to expand later on. Although it is more expensive to construct, this roof style has the potential to add enough space for an entire extra floor. Low pitched mansard roofs are not conducive to areas with heavy snowfall.

Shed or “skillion”

This simple style uses just one pitch for the entire structure. Although these roofs have historically been used for additions and smaller buildings like sheds, garages, and porches, they are increasing in popularity in modern style homes. It can add architectural interest, and it easily sheds precipitation. However, like the gable and the gambrel, high winds can be a problem if it has not been properly reinforced. You should also keep in mind that a too-high pitch may mean sacrificing space on the lower end of the house. Additionally, if the pitch of a shed roof is too high, you may end up sacrificing space on the lower end of your home.

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Choosing the right roof for you with help from Pinnacle Roofing & Restoration

These are just a small selection of popular roofing styles available – there are so many different and unique designs available that we could write a whole series on them! With many years of experience in providing high-quality residential roofing solutions, our professional team can help you choose a roof that will fit your vision, be a match for Mid-South weather, and last many years, as long as you keep it maintained. If you are in Memphis or the Mid-South area, and are building or renovating a home, or replacing your roof, why not give us a call today for a free residential roofing quote? We would love to help you find the roof style that works perfectly for your family and your home!