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Rodney Turner
Structural Engineer
Asked a question last year

What are the common Roof Types?

What are the common roof types?

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There are many types of roof differentiated based upon the size, shape and uses. Some of the types of roof are listed below,

  • Gable 
  • Hip 
  • Mansard 
  • Gambrel 
  • Flat 
  • Skillion 
  • Jerkinhead 
  • Butterfly 
  • Bonnet 
  • Saltbox 
  • Sawtooth 
  • Curved 
  • Pyramid 
  • Dome 
  • Combination
Ricardo Kuhn
Construction Foreman

The roof is a top covering of the building which protects it from various climatic condition example rain sunlight. etc

Types of roofs basically e depends upon materials used for the construction of roofs.

Nowadays concrete sheets are used to make an economical roof for labor houses.

Following are some types of roofs:

Gable roof Hip Mansard roof Flat roof Butterfly roof Gambrel roof Dormer roof M Shaped Dutch Shed roof

Asphalt shingles are most commonly used because it is economical and long-lasting.

Dennis Holt
Entry level engineer

Common root type is

  • Flat roof 
  • Sloped roof

In multistorey building we generally use Flat roof

And in godown and other industries building, we mostly use a sloped roof.

Type of sloped roof is

  • A Frame roof. 
  • Butterfly roof. 
  • Front gable roof. 
  • Gable and valler roof. 
  • Flat roof. 
  • Hexagonal roof. 
  • Mansard roof. 
  • Hip roof. 
  • Gambled roof. 
  • Pyramid hip roof. 
  • Slatbox roof. 
  • Shed roof.
Raul Jimenez
Senior Project Manager

Here I will be discussing some other types of roof covering that are not discussed in any previous post. Have a look. Type Of Roof Covering:

Bonnet Roof

Box Gable Roof

Butterfly Roof

Clerestory Roof

Combination Roof

Cross Gabled Roof

Cross Hipped Roof

Curved Roof

Hexagonal Gazebo Roof

Jerkinhead Roof

Saltbox Roof


Skillion and Lean to Roof

Thank You.

Roof is the most important part of the building. Thus, we can say without roof our building or house is incomplete. There are many types of roofs available which are classified on the basis of their shape and size. 

Hence, knowing your roof style also can help you to decide what roof material or shingle works is best for your home. Some of the common roof types are as follows ; 

1. Saltbox Roofs

 2. Mansard Roofs 

3. Gambrel Roofs 

4. Pyramid Roofs 

5. Hip Roofs 

6. Cross Gabled Roofs 

7. Flat Roofs 

8. Bonnet Roofs 

9. Skillion Roofs 

10. Sawtooth 

11. Butterfly Roofs 

12. Curved Roofs 

13. Domed Roofs