traditional home with hip roof

What is a Hip Roof?

A hip roof or hipped roof is a common type of roof used for homes, especially cottages or bungalows. They have four sloped sides (two triangle and two trapezoid) and are shaped like a pyramid, except instead of coming to a point at the top, they have a flat ridge.


Hip roofs are great for homes in areas that get a lot of rain, hail, and snow due to their steep slope and lack of flat parts. They are also sturdier than other types of roofs in climates that experience hurricanes because they lack slab-sided ends that could be caught and torn away by high winds.

Another benefit to hip roofs is they allow for high, vaulted ceilings or extra living or storage space like an attic or guest room.


There are a few drawbacks to hip roof, for one, they are not as simple to design and build as other types of roof styles, like gable roofs, and may require extra materials. This is due to more waste around the hips and as well more capping to cover the hips.

Second, they don’t have windows in them, which means less natural light comes into the home. And finally, hip roofs are harder to ventilate.

Roofing Materials to Use

You’re not limited to a certain material when you’re covering your hip roof. Commonly used roofing materials are asphalt and wood shingles, but you could also use metal roofing (such as steel, copper, or aluminium roofing), plastic, or clay roof tiles.

Of all the roof types, hip roofs are one of the best type of roof to have. They work well in every climate, they can be covered with any type of roofing you want, and if they are constructed properly and well maintained, you shouldn’t run into problems.

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