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Hip Vs. Gable Roof: Which To Choose


Ready to roof your home? There is a myriad of shapes and styles to choose from that will add a different aesthetic and character to your house. Each type has its own pros and cons and some will function better in your area than others. For example, steep roofs are common in areas with a lot of snowfall to keep the heavy snow from accumulating on the roof and leading to a collapse. In this article, let’s compare hip vs gable roofs to help you determine which you might prefer for your home.

What is a Gable Roof?

A gable roof consists of two flats sides coming to one point in the middle. The other two sides consist of the wall running all the way to the peak of the roof.

What is a Hip Roof?

A hip roof has four sides running up to the peak. The exterior wall of the house is not visible on any side of the house except below the eaves.  There are various variations of hip roofs. Pavilion, Mansard, tented, Dutch-gabled, and half-hip are all considered types of hip roofs. These range from pyramid-like styles to a church steeple-type look as well as a combination of gable and hip roof constructions together.

Pros and Cons of a Gable Roof

Gable roofs are one of the most popular roofing styles you’ll see in the US — and for good reason. The sharp slope allows the roof to easily shed rain and snow as well as allowing ample space for an attic, vaulted ceilings, or just to ensure adequate ventilation. Their simple construction means a rapid installation as well as they are less expensive than more complicated roofs. However, the height of the roof makes them vulnerable to high winds. Those who live in windy or hurricane-prone areas will want to think carefully about a gable roof and ensure that proper braces and installation techniques are used if they choose this style.

Pros and Cons of a Hip Roof 

A hip roof offers more strength and stability than a gable roof. The four sides coming together help support one another and allow this style to stand up against high winds. The sharply sloped sides also allow for rain and snow to slide off easily, particularly when paired with a slick material like metal. If an attic or living space is desired, they can be constructed to offer space underneath. With a more complex design, they are more expensive and take longer to install than gable roofs. If dormer windows are used, the additional valleys create spaces for potential leaks. However, proper installation can limit this risk.

Ready to Install Your Roof in Georgia?

Now that you understand a bit about hip vs gable roofs, you may have an idea of what you want. Even if you don’t, feel free to contact us here at Superior Roofing Company of Georgia at 770-279-2621. We’ll help you choose the perfect style for your home so that it both looks amazing and functions well.

Call today to get started!