A Guide to Common Roof Pitches

Outside of aesthetics, you might not realize the part your home’s roof pitch plays in the overall functionality and structural integrity of your residence. Even though the majority of homeowners, in the Carolinas and elsewhere, don’t pay too much attention to roof pitches, they are actually very important. The more you know about the perks and drawbacks of various common roof pitches, the easier it will be for you to diagnose problems with your current roof and decide on the best roof pitch for you if you ever build a home. 

As you continue reading, you will discover pertinent information about roof pitches that are popular around the United States, including in North Carolina and South Carolina. You probably see many of these roof styles every day, whether on your street, on your commute, or running errands. One of them is probably even on your own house! 

Gable roofs

Gable roofs are “standard” roofs. When you think of a residential roof, this is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Because they come to a peak in the center, most homes with gable roofs have attic space. 

Perks – Gable roofs drain water with ease since they are sloped. This is good news for Carolina residents since both states receive their fair share of rainfall on an annual basis. Gable roofs also generally allow for spacious attics, which can be finished to provide additional living quarters or storage space. 

Drawbacks – The primary con of gable roofs is that they can get seriously damaged in severe storms. Strong gusts of wind can easily blow shingles right off, leaving gaping holes for homeowners to deal with later. If you live in a hurricane-prone region, a gable roof might not be the best choice for you. 

Flat roofs

The term “flat roof” is technically a misnomer. In reality, these roofs still have to allow for water drainage, so they have the slightest pitch. They are most common in arid states like Arizona and New Mexico but are occasionally seen in the Carolinas. Certain mid-century and mid-century modern architectural designs use flat roofs. 

Perks – If your home lacks an outdoor living space or lawn space, a flat roof can be converted to a rooftop deck or a rooftop garden. These are both great ways to use every square inch of your house! Flat roofs are also ideal for those homeowners who want to install solar panel arrays. 

Drawbacks – The main downside to flat roofs is that they tend to have more leaks than other roof styles. This is because water usually drains slowly and, during a downpour, pools of standing water are likely to form. They are also not ideal for areas where it regularly snows because they don’t drain melting snow piles effectively. 

Hip roofs

A hip roof is distinguished by its four equally sloped sides that meet in the center. Hip roofs are especially popular in regions where it snows frequently because of their durability.

Perks – As mentioned above, hip roofs are extremely strong and durable. This makes them ideal for regions that frequently experience strong winds and severe storms of any kind, including coastal Carolina hurricanes or snowstorms in the mountains of North Carolina. They are also aesthetically appealing and give homes a unique look since they aren’t as prevalent as gable roofs.

Drawbacks – The only truly negative thing about hip roofs is their cost. They are generally more expensive to both install and maintain than other roof styles.

No matter what sort of roof you have or are thinking about installing, the Hatch Homes team is here for you. Contact us today to learn more about our roofing services and to schedule a no-obligation consultation. Our crew is here to help you figure out what type of roof is ideal for your home. 

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