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What Type of Roof Should You Choose for Your Home?

December 01, 2016

Whether building a new home or remodeling an existing structure, choosing the right type of roof can be difficult.  Most people consider that roofs protect a house and its owners from outside elements, but it is also important to think about the space that they can create inside the home, depending on the type of roof shape.  The type of roof can also make a home more energy efficient and bring in natural light.  The type of roof also plays a major role in the overall look of a home. When it comes to types of roofs in Kansas City, there are three major players. 


Gabled Roofs


Also known as the “pitched” or “peaked roof,” this type of roof is the most popular style in most of the United States, and Kansas City is no different.  These roofs are easily identified by their triangle shape.  They easily shed water and snow, making them perfect for Kansas City’s weather patterns.  They also provide attic space with vaulted ceilings and ventilation.  Because of their simple design, they are easy to build and are usually cheaper than most types of roofs.


Hip Roofs


Another popular type of roof in Kansas City is the hip roof.  A hip roof has slopes on all four sides.  The sides come together to form a ridge.  Because of the inward slope, this type of roof is more stable than gable roofs, making it excellent for high wind and snowy areas.  Due to the slopes, this type of roof also easily allows for water and snow runoff.  As with gabled roofs, this type of roof allows for vaulted ceilings and ventilation in the attic of the home.


Flat Roofs


Flat roofs have been popular for decades for Kansas City commercial buildings, and this type of roof is gaining popularity for residential structures as well.  Contrary to their name, flat roofs actually have a slight pitch that allows for water runoff.  Flat roofs can provide an amazing amount of outdoor living space, especially for urban residential structures that do not have yard space.  Heating and cooling units can also be placed on flat roofs, keeping them out of sight.  This design is also great for placing solar panels and providing energy efficiency to the home.  Although the cost of installing a flat roof is less expensive than pitched, it typically requires more expensive ongoing repair and maintenance fees, so it is important to consider this before using this type of roof.


No matter what type of roof you are considering for your home, it is important to discuss your options with a contractor before making any permanent decisions.  Give RSG a call today at 816-866-4235 or just click HERE to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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