Which roof style is best for your outdoor space – gable, hip, flat or shed?

Greensboro Winston Salem Gable roof screened porch

This Greensboro, NC screen porch features a gable roof.

When you make the decision to add an outdoor living space that requires a roof, the style of roof you choose is an important decision. There are many factors that should go into choosing the roof that works best for your home. The first factor is whether the new roof will tie into the roof of your existing home. Another important factor is the location of your structure in conjunction with your existing home or other structures that are located on your property. In many cases, the roof style simply comes down to personal preference. No matter what your circumstances are, learning which roof style will work best for your outdoor space will ensure that your new addition looks like it was made to fit with your home.

NW Greensboro 3 season room interios

This photo shows the interior of the same 3 season room as shown above. The vaulted ceiling gives the space an open feel.

The most commonly used roof styles in outdoor living design are the gable, shed, hip and flat roof. A gable roof is the one that looks like it triangle. A good deal of light enters your room when the gable (or triangle end) is open. This roof style creates an open and airy effect.

Hip roofs are also a popular choice among homeowners in the Piedmont Triad area. A hip roof has 3 or 4 sides that descent from one point. The popularity of hip roofs is in part because many of today’s homes have hip roofs. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad always reviews your home’s roof style(s) in helping determine which roof style will work best on your outdoor space.

Another roof style which use makes sense in certain situations is a shed roof. A shed roof slopes downward from the house connection. Shed roofs are simple in nature and work great with a tie-in to one-story home needing a low roof connection. Having architectural elements and upstairs windows that won’t allow a roof or certain roofs would cover or cause view obstructions also make great candidates for shed roofs. Flat roofs can also make a viable option where the situation calls for a roof style that will not intrude on structural or design elements.

Notice how this roof style makes the perfect fit for the architecture and window placement of the existing home.

Notice how this roof style makes the perfect fit for the architecture and window placement of the existing home.

One misconception we would like to address is the idea that a flat roof is just that – flat. Flat roof styles are not completely flat. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad always designs a flat roof with a slight incline. The incline prevents pooling of water on the roof itself which can lead to structural problems in the future.

If you are considering a porch, screened porch or outdoor room addition in the coming months we can help you determine which roof style would make the perfect fit. We can plan, design and build an outdoor space that not only flows with the continuity of your home, but will enhance your entire backyard. Contact Archadeck of The Piedmont Triad for a free consultation today. (336) 664 – 1332
piedmonttriad@archadeck.net

Clemmons NC sunroom with flat roof

John Mallard, owner of Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

John Mallard, owner of Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad

To see more examples of roof styles that will help you decide the perfect fit for your outdoor oasis visit our screened porch gallery, and our 3 and 4 season room gallery located on our website.

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