Homeowners must prioritize their roof shape’s functionality over its aesthetics. A beautiful roof is an excellent specimen that can only last for so long with poor local performance. Here are four aspects to help you choose the perfect roof shape for your property.


All roofing and residential construction projects have limited resources. Therefore, home developers and roofers must work with your budget.

A common gable roof won’t be your first choice because everyone uses it. However, its long-term dependability and affordable construction beat other roof shapes.

Pros and Cons

Each roof shape has its respective pros and cons. For example, gable roofs are simple and effective. However, they cannot give your property a unique appeal. On the other hand, octagonal roofs might look pleasingly arresting firsthand. Yet, you might change your mind about this roof shape after seeing the total costs and labor length its construction involves.

Aesthetic Appeal

Ideally, homeowners will want an aesthetic-functionality balance. Sadly, current roof shape and labor prices will make this ideal impossible. Thankfully, your trustworthy roofers can recommend other roof shapes and improvements that can improve your residential aesthetic appeal.

Roofing Material Compatibility

Your roofing material essentially protects your residence from water damage and other issues. However, some roof shapes can’t support certain materials. Make sure you consult about this with your roofing professional.

Eagle Roofing has an excellent guide about popular roof shapes. Learn more about them below.


Gable roof designs are one of the most simplistic roof designs, making an inverted or upside down V shape. Remember in grade school when you learned how to draw a house? Who knew back then we were all drawing gable roof designs! What makes it so popular is that the slant, or pitch, of the gables varies, giving architects the flexibility to incorporate it in a variety of architectural styles from Craftsman to Contemporary, to Colonial, Rustic and Tudor homes. Gables can also be used as added embellishment for entry porches, dormers, and garages.

Pros: Gable roofs will easily shed water, snow and debris, while providing more ventilation in the attic space. Another great point is that they are simple to design and build, leading to cheaper labor costs. Gabled roofs can be covered with almost any type of roofing material including concrete roof tiles. Your roofing contractor can provide more details.

Cons: If you live in some areas of the Sunbelt, this roof style may not be for you. Gable roofs can become problematic when faced with high winds and severe weather, possibly making them ineligible for insurance discounts. If the frames don’t provide adequate support, the roof can and will collapse.

Flat Roof

Flat roofs are commonly seen on commercial or industrial buildings. However, they can also be installed on residential houses. Flat roofs have little to no pitch; a shallow pitch would be around 1 or 2 degrees. Flat roofs are not ideal as they don’t shed rain and snow as quickly as a sloped roof will. Typically, these roofs can be found on Modern-style buildings and homes. However, traditional homes also can feature flat roofs above porches & garages, as well as over shed dormers. (Continued)

If you have yet to find a dependable roofer, you can always count on us at Cub Roofing. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.