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Roof Types: Knowing the Style of Your Roof Can Help You Pick the Right Roof Materials to Help Protect Your Home and Boost Its Curb Appeal


Choosing the right roof for your home involves more than just picking a material. The style of your roof plays a significant role in its performance and curb appeal. As a professional contractor, I'm here to guide you through the different roof types and how to choose the best materials for each.


different roof style types

Popular Roof Types

  1. Gable Roof: The classic peaked roof style, known for its simplicity and effectiveness in shedding water and snow. Ideal materials include asphalt shingles and metal.

  2. Hip Roof: Slopes on all four sides, providing excellent stability and wind resistance. Suitable materials include asphalt shingles, tiles, and metal.

  3. Flat Roof: Common in modern architecture, offering a sleek look and extra outdoor space. Best materials include modified bitumen, EPDM, and TPO.

  4. Mansard Roof: A French-inspired design with four sides, two of which are steeper. Works well with slate, shingles, or metal.

  5. Gambrel Roof: Often seen on barns, featuring two slopes on each side. Asphalt shingles and metal are popular choices.


gable roof

Choosing the Right Materials

  • Climate Considerations: In Rockland County and Westchester County, we face varied weather conditions. Asphalt shingles are versatile and affordable, making them a popular choice. Metal roofs are durable and great for withstanding heavy snow and rain.

  • Budget: While some materials like metal and slate can be pricier, their longevity and durability can provide long-term savings.

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Your roof contributes significantly to your home's curb appeal. Choose materials and colors that complement your home's style and enhance its overall look.


Understanding your roof type and selecting the appropriate materials can make a big difference in both protection and appearance. Whether you're building a new home or replacing an old roof, consult with a professional contractor to ensure you make the best choices for your specific needs. A well-chosen roof not only protects your home but also enhances its beauty and value.

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