Having an array of roof styles to choose form is great, but sometimes too many choices can be overwhelming. Here are some pros and cons of some of the most popular roofing styles out there. 

Gable roofs

Gable roofs are one of the most popular types of roofing styles available. Having two slopes on each side that meet at the peak of the roof, they’re sometimes called peak or pitched roofs. Homes can have more than one gable roof which creates a pleasant look. You also have more variations to choose from such as front and cross gables as well as Dutch gable roofs.

Advantages - Great with water drainage, the natural shape of Gable roofs allows rain to fall off avoiding pooling water. This style of roof is a great investment for homeowners, giving them peace of mind.

Disadvantages – Though great in rain, Gable roofs are not as strong in extreme weather such as high winds.


Roers Elementary School in BC, Canada c/o Flickr

Rogers Elementary School in Saanich, BC, Canada in c/o Flickr

Butterfly roofs

Is essentially an upside-down gable roof. The topmost point becomes the lowest point, with the two sides rising to make a V shape. Butterfly roofs were popular in the 1950’s and some modern homes have taken on the aesthetic.

Advantages – Unique and attractive to some and great for windy areas.

Disadvantages – Wouldn’t be a great option in areas of heavy snow or rain due to the shape and rain/snow settling in that area.


Hip Roof Style 

Hip roofs

Hip roofs are also a popular style of roof design and one of the most common. With four sides that share the same pitch, hip roofs are stable and can endure high winds and other extreme weather. With hip roofs, you have some styles to choose from such as a crossed hip roof and a pyramid hip roof. This is a modern

Advantages – resistant to the elements such as wind and snowstorms which work well as this roof design gives excellent drainage. If you pair this with dormer windows, hip roofs can also give you more living space.

Disadvantages – Due to a more complex style, hip roofs require more maintenance and are more expensive.


Gambrel Roof Style

Gambrel Roof

Gambrel roofs have two slopes on each side, so each side’s highest point is in the middle. If you’ve ever seen a barn, you’ve most likely seen a gambrel style roof. It’s a classic style of farmhouses, barns, and Dutch colonial style homes.

Advantages - The larger roof area maximizes your home’s roof space whether you use it as an attic or a top floor for more spacious living.

Disadvantages – Areas of high wind or heavy snow are not great for Gambrel aesthetics due to its roof shape. The large roofing area makes it weaker against strong winds and heavy snowfall.


Mansard Roof Style

Mansard Roof

Mansard roofs like gambrel roofs have a classic design that appeals to many people. This style has four sides instead of two. Mansard roofs not only have a classic French design but are considered unique and elegant. One of the more functional styles, mansard roofs add usable loft space to your home, and. Windows can also be easily added to this style of roofing.

Advantages – The beauty of a Mansard roof is enough of an advantage for many people to install it. You can add to that all the extra living space which is perfect for adding dormer windows. This comes together for a unique style.  

Disadvantages – The uniqueness and added beauty of this roof means extra TLC. Mansards also do not hold up as well in extreme weather. Professional maintenance is essential with this roof style.


Flat Roof Style 

Flat roof

One of the most affordable and durable roofing styles, many people associate flat roofs with commercial buildings, but flat roofs have versatility such as modern home styles and using the roof as a living space. Build a rooftop garden for your organic vegetables or a place to relax. Though the name says flat, there is usually a slight slope for water to run off.

Advantages – Very affordable compared to other kinds of roof designs, rust-resistant, energy and cost efficient. You also benefit from easier maintenance with stress-free cleaning and inspections.

Disadvantages – Flat roofs are prone to leaks and pooling due to their shape and design. They’re also constantly exposed to the elements, especially sunlight causing more degradation over a shorter time. Overtime, the cost of repairs and maintenance may not be worth it.


Dormer Roof Style 

Dormer roof

Dormer roofs have a vertical structure(s), usually windows that jut out of a gable style roof. They add character to your

Advantages Similar to Gambrel roofs, Dormers give you more space and natural light into your living space. Create a cross breeze due to the added windows creating better airflow and possibly lowering your HVAC usage.

Disadvantages Dormer roofs can be more expensive to install depending on the style and size. They’re normally used for spaces that are converted into living spaces so they might not be appropriate for all home types. Dormers also give your roof more valleys which means more opportunities for roof leaks.


Whether you’re looking for something simpler like a Gable, sleek like a flat roof or elegant like a Mansard, these are just a few of the roof styles out there. There’s plenty of variety for you to make a choice on a new roof with the given pros and cons. What style is right for you?


 If you’re thinking of replacing your roof and need help choosing a style or materials, La Rocque can help you! Call us at (833) LBR-4YOU.

La Rocque Better Roofs logo


// Popup JS