Different Styles of Roof: What’s Available?

Roof is a roof, door is a door, window is a window, right? Well, maybe to some people. To others, though, who take the aesthetics of their home very seriously, the roof in an essential aspect of the overall look and feel of the house.

It’s not simply a case of finding some way of keeping the rain off, maybe with a bit of a slope so it doesn’t all collapse after a heavy downpour. Far from it – your property’s roof says a lot about the property overall, and really sets the tone for the building itself.

Here, AJ Scutchings and Son take a look at some of the different styles of roof available, and at when you might choose one over the other.


The gable style of roof is probably the most common for residential properties in England. Its sloped nature makes it great for draining when the weather turns rough, and its classical appearance makes it an appropriate choice for just about any style of home. They’re relatively easy to build, too, due to their uncomplicated design. The only potential problem comes in areas liable to high winds and hurricanes; if the wind gets underneath the overhang, it can cause significant damage and, in some cases, take the roof off the building.


The hip roof is a variation on the gable style, in many ways. Often seen as an upgrade, the hip roof is also made up of multiple slopes, but these meet at the top to form a flat centre. The main difference between the hip and gable roofs is the price – for the simple reason that the former is slightly more complicated, it is generally a bit more expensive.


In a move away from our previous two closely-related styles, we present you the flat roof. Generally, it’s more common to see this style on non-residential buildings, but there are definitely exceptions and there’s no reason why a flat roof couldn’t work on a home. They’re better kept away from areas with high rainfall volumes, despite the slight gradient they still put to use. The one major plus point of these is that you can actually use your roof for living space. Provided a good enough job is done, and there is the required amount of support, you can use a flat roof for a patio, or even an extension of your actual garden.

Something completely different

We haven’t covered every style of roof out there in this short blog post, far from it. Instead, we hope we’ve given you a starting point for reference and, at the very least, reminded you to give your own roof some thought.

If you’d like to contact the roofing specialists here at AJ Scutchings and Son, give us a call on 07778 188 952, or fill out our online contact form.