The Best Decision-Making Process in Choosing Between Gable and Hip Roof Styles

Residential high-pitched roofs are classic. We believe they'll never go out of style simply because they're the eternal home aesthetic everyone loves to have. Additionally, we believe that asphalt shingles will never grow out of vogue and the preceding argument. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to choose between the two roofing shapes. If you find it difficult to select your style, here are a few things to help you.

Gable roofs are the forever Western-style home look that the majority of colonial homes adopt. The simplicity of a gable-shaped roof is its strength because you can modify and change them when you see fit. For example, if you wanted to expand it, reputable Littleton, CO roofers can quickly make roofing frame and joist adjustments to fulfill your wish.

Plus, a gable roof gives you a much wider attic space than hip roofs. Their prism-like shape (for most properties) makes them a primary choice among homeowners.

On the other hand, a hip roof has top-notch protection against wind and hurricane damage. Its high-pitched shape delivers water to gutters directly, eliminating possibilities of pooling water damage completely. Lastly, you have exceptional snow control, removing any possibility of standing snow that can cause water damages as well.

Roofing Calculator has an excellent post about the advantages and disadvantages of both roofing styles. Check it out below:

Gable Roof

Also known as pitched or peaked roof, gable roofs are some of the most popular roofs in the US. They are easily recognized by their triangular shape.

Pros: Gable roofs will easily shed water and snow, provide more space for the attic or vaulted ceilings and allow more ventilation. Their simple design makes them easier to build and cheaper than more complex designs.

Cons: Gable roofs can be problematic in high wind and hurricane-prone areas. If the frames are not properly constructed with adequate supports, the roof can collapse due to strong winds. High winds can also cause materials to peel away from gable roofs. If there is too much of an overhang, winds can create an uplift underneath and cause the roof to detach from the walls.

If a gable roof is used in high wind areas, be sure proper braces are used and have the roof inspected after a large storm to ensure no damage occurred.


Suggested materials: Gabled roofs can be covered with almost any type of material including asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, Terra Cotta tiles, metal, and clay or concrete tiles. However, if the gable roof also contains a dormer, hips and valleys, it should either be shingled or roofed with metal shingles or standing seam to help prevent any future roof leaks. A proper flashing of valleys and end-walls around the dormer, if there is one, is also an absolute must.

Note: It is recommended to use at least a 10/12 pitch, or 40° angle, for snowy regions.

Types of Gable Roofs

Side Gable: A side gable is a basic pitched roof. It has two equal panels or sides pitched at an angle. Both sides of the gable meet at the ridge in the middle of a building. The triangle section can be left open for an open gable roof, or it can be enclosed for a boxed gable roof.

Crossed Gable: A crossed gable roof is two gable roof sections put together at the right angle. The two ridges are perpendicular to each other. Lengths, pitches or heights may or may not differ from each other. (Continue reading here)

If you have yet to find a dependable roofer to help with your roofing needs, you can always count on us at Roper Roofing. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can achieve with you.

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