What is a Jerkinhead Roof?

A jerkinhead roof looks like a gable roof with clipped peaks, so it makes sense that it’s also known as a clipped gable. Still others know this roofing style as a “”Dutch hip.”” Whatever you call it, this roof has two large sides and two very small ones.

Some lovely, modern homes with jerkinhead roofs can be found here on Houzz.
This simple variation of the gable roof was very popular in the US during the 1900s to 1940s and was mostly used for homes. Since it is a practical, simple, and better looking roof than a simple hip or gable, it was used on all types of structures and continues to be a popular choice for buildings today, especially on cottages and bungalows.


Simplicity, a bit of creativity, and its stability are some of the reasons why people are drawn to the jerkinhead. It’s an old-world style that can easily be updated and used in combination with other roof styles.
It’s an easy style to dress up too. One could add dormers or windows to add a bit more light or flair. The Jerkinhead is also more stable than the hip or gable roof, because “cutting off the ends” makes the roof more wind resistant.
This roof also gives you lots of room underneath for extra storage or living space.


On its own, the jerkinhead is a practical, attractive choice, but there are a few ways it falls short when compared to other roofs.
Because the ends are clipped, there isn’t as much storage space as a gable roof. It’s also harder to access the inside of the roof, which can make maintenance and repairs difficult.

Roofing Materials to Use

You can use just about any roofing material you desire for a jerkinhead roof. You probably wouldn’t want to go with tar and gravel because it might not look too great, but asphalt shingles, clay shingles, concrete or slate tiles, wood shakes, etc. are all good choices. You’re sure to find something that fits your style and budget.
Need help deciding? Learn about the types of roofing materials.

If you take a drive through Edmonton, you’ll see that we seem to be big fans of the jerkinhead. They’re everywhere! So if you like what you see, maybe the jerkinhead roof is your kind of roof!

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What is a Sawtooth Roof?

The sawtooth roof has been seeing a revival lately. Once it was the standard roof for a factory or mill, but because of the ample amount of daylight they let in, the sawtooth roof a popular choice for eco-conscious homebuilders.

The profile of this roof looks like a row of tents leaning against each other, but actually they are built according to strict measurements that will allow in the most daylight.


The main reason people want the sawtooth roof style is it lets in lots and lots of sunshine. Before electricity, this was essential for factory production because workers needed a lot of light to be able to see, especially when creating textiles.
Now, more sunlight means less energy consumption for heating and lighting, making homes and businesses more environmentally friendly and a little easier on the pocketbook.
The sawtooth gives you lovely high ceilings too. An open concept home would go well with this type of roof.


The sawtooth design is very thoughtful: the angles of the sun need to be measured and planned perfectly. But extra thought and design can mean more costs. Sawtooth roofs also require a lot of materials. Lastly, because of the windows and various angles, sawtooths are more likely to leak.

Roofing Materials to Use

If you’re building a sawtooth roof, the best materials to use are wood, metal, or concrete. These traditional materials have been tried and tested, so they’re a safe choice.
Since a large part of the roof is glass, some builders reinforce the glass with a layer of wire mesh between panes of glass for extra security and strength.

Roofing Materials Not to Use

Asphalt shingles are probably the worst choice for the sawtooth roof. There are many valleys and ridges, and if the design is combined with other roof styles, the joints between them can be weak and prone to more wear and tear. Asphalt shingles just aren’t as durable as metal roofing, slate roofing, or newer plastic shingles.

If you’re looking for a unique roof style that invites natural lighting and warmth to your home or business, the sawtooth roof may be the roof for you!
It’s rare to see them, so you’ll really stand out from the crowd! Here are a few Sawtooth examples on Houzz.

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What is a Dutch Gable Roof?

Dutch gable roofs are a type of hip roof that combine a hip roof with a gable roof. It has four downward sloping sides and is topped with a gable roof, also called a gablet.

This style of roof came from Europe in the 14th to 17th centuries, but since these roofs offer great protection and durability in tropical weather, they are commonly built just about everywhere, from the Bahamas to North America. There are many dutch gable roofed homes in Edmonton.


Hip roofs typically have less attic space than gable roofs, and gable roofs typically have long eaves that hang over the house, reducing the amount of sunlight that gets into the home, which can mean higher heating bills. Dutch gable roofs combine hip and gable roofs and solve both of those problems and are more interesting and attractive to look at as well.
You also have the option of adding a window to the gablet, which gives greater ventilation and added light.


Construction of a Dutch gable roof isn’t quite as straightforward as a simple hip or gable roof. There are different pitches to think about, straight walls in the gablets, and essentially you’re building a roof on top of a roof, so there are more materials needed.
Another thing to pay attention to when covering a Dutch gable is waterproofing. Joining the two types of roofs means that the places where they meet can be places where water or snow can pool or build up, so you’ll need to make sure that those joints are sealed, properly shingled, and fully waterproof.

Roofing Materials to Use

You aren’t limited to a certain roofing material when building or replacing a Dutch gable roof. Shingles, wood shakes, concrete, slate or clay tiles are all options available and each has its own lifespan, cost, and aesthetic appeal. That said, metal roofing is lightweight and great for waterproofing, so if you don’t mind the extra cost, a metal roof is recommended for a Dutch gable roof.

Roofing Materials Not to Use

Asphalt shingles are a popular choice in Edmonton for Dutch gable roofs, but they won’t last as long as metal roofing, and they don’t offer the same level of water protection.

If you must use asphalt shingles, consider adding a waterproof roof coating.

Dutch gable roofs are a stylish, practical option in roof design. Click here to see some elegant, modern Dutch gable roofed homes. If you like what you see, the Dutch gable might be the one for you.

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What is a Mansard Roof?

The mansard roof is also called a French roof and it is similar to a hip roof. Mansard roofs have four sloped sides where each side is divided in two with the lower sections having a steeper pitch.

This style of roof was common in during the French Renaissance in the 1600s and parts of the Louvre have mansard roofs. The look became popular again in the 1800s when Paris was rebuilt under Napoleon’s rule after a series of violent uprisings.

Now, mansard roofs can be seen on apartment buildings, restaurants, small businesses, hotels, and homes.


One of the reasons mansards have seen periods of popularity is they help to create extra storage or living space.

Dormers with windows can also easily be added to a mansard roof and add light, ventilation, and aesthetic appeal to the building.

Additionally, mansard roofs can be simple and easy to construct which may make them faster and less expensive than other types of roofs.


There are a couple of reasons why a mansard roof may not be ideal: First, the low slope of some of the sides can be prone to damage or leaks if they are not entirely waterproof or when the shingles are at the end of their lifespan.

Second, with such a simple-looking design, it can be tempting to add dormers, skylights, or other elements to the roof, but those elements can wind up costing you more money.

Roofing Materials to Use for a Mansard Roof

When choosing a roofing material for a mansard roof, you need to go with something that is very durable. Wood and slate shingles would really stand out and add to the classic look of a mansard roof, but metal sheets or shingles will last the longest.

For instance, copper roofing can last hundreds of years! Metal roofing can be expensive, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Roofing Materials Not to Use

The low pitch of some of the sides of a mansard roof can make some roofing materials unsuitable. Lightweight asphalt shingles can wear faster than normal, so they should be avoided.

If the classic beauty as well as the potential for extra storage or living space appeals to you, consider building a mansard roof.

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What is a Saltbox Roof?

The saltbox roof was at the height of their popularity in the Colonial era when Europeans were beginning to colonize North America. This type of roof is asymmetrical and has only two sides. The smaller side has a low slope and the larger side has an even lower slope so as to be almost flat, giving the appearance of a shed-style add-on to one side of a gable roofed home.

Saltbox roofs evolved from gable roofs to allow for more living space for growing families in the 14th to 16th Centuries. Today, saltbox roofs give a house a charming, antique look and are an inexpensive way to add more living space to one side of your home.


Saltbox roofs are well suited for northern climates with moderate to heavy rain and snowfall. Their two sloped sides and lack of flat parts allow water run off and can prevent snow from piling up.

The asymmetrical design of the saltbox roof is also more durable than a gable roof and the lower part of the roof makes accessing it to do maintenance or snow removal easy.


Yes, the unique look of a saltbox roof is very appealing, but a major drawback to the design is the fact that the interior of the home will have slanted interior ceilings.

Also, designing a saltbox roof is more complex than other types of roofs, such as a gable or a shed-style roof and that can add to the cost of construction.

Roofing Materials to Use for a Saltbox Roof

Just about any type of roofing material is suitable for a saltbox roof, so what you decide on is a matter of preference.

When you choose a roofing material, consider the following: your budget, durability and maintenance required, expected lifespan, and aesthetic appeal.

The most popular roofing materials in the Edmonton area are asphalt shingles and wood shake, but if you can spare the expense, metal roofing is a great choice for your saltbox roof. If the slope is quite low, we recommend switching to a higher grade 2-ply SBS roof system. This is more costly but it is much more durable against build-up of snow and ice.

If your ideal home is unique, rustic, and durable, a modern version of the saltbox-roofed home–without the lack of bathrooms, closets, and flooring–could be exactly what you’re looking for.

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What is a Curved Roof?

Curved roofs are a newer roof design where the intention is to create a unique aesthetic rather than improve the function or durability of the roof. This style is for the homeowner or business that is all about the wow factor and standing out from the crowd. Curved roofs are great for homes, garages, cottages, and even stables.

The design of the curved roof is basic; they are essentially a curved shed-style roof. See some examples of curved roofs here.


Curved roofs are rare, interesting, and modern, but they behave much like a basic shed roof. They consist of one large surface, which is moderately wind resistant and relatively low maintenance.

The major difference and main draw is its look. Humans are attracted to curves and a curved roof on a home will definitely get noticed.


Depending on the design of the curve or how a curved portion of a roof is incorporated into the rest of the home’s design, this kind of roof can be expensive to build.

Another issue to watch out for is whether or not your roof has enough slope to allow water and snow to run off.

Roofing Materials to Use for a Curved Roof

Since this type of roof is one continuous, curved surface, metal sheeting is the best roofing material to use. Metal can be molded to the curve of the roof, so it will be waterproof because of the lack of seams.

Roofing Materials Not to Use

You should avoid using roofing materials that won’t sit flush against a curved roof’s surface. That would include clay tiles, concrete tiles, slate tiles, and ceramic tiles.

Curved roofs offer an aesthetic appeal like no other and have a truly modern look both inside and out. You’ll be the talk of the town if you decide to live in or build a home with a curved roof. With virtually no downsides the question to ask yourself would be, “Do I really want all the attention?”

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What is a Butterfly Roof?

The type of roof that is V-shaped, resembling a butterfly, is aptly called a “butterfly roof.” It can also be referred to as an “inverted pitch roof” because the sides of the roof slope inward toward each other rather than rising to a point in the middle like a gable roof.

This type of roof came about in the 1950s, when architects began making bold design choices and were moving away from traditional gable and hip-roofed homes.

Butterfly roofs are very popular in Hawaii, where their ability to collect rainwater is a big draw. Even though Hawaii is made up of islands, the amount of rainfall varies greatly between regions. Making use of what falls is essential in some areas.


Water collection in arid climates is still essential. Even in Edmonton there are days or weeks when we’re asked to conserve water, so a roof that is good for gathering water would be easier on our water supply and our wallets.

Butterfly roofs are aerodynamic, so even if you’re not channelling the moisture for later use, the water will run right off. Another advantage to the butterfly roof is it allows for large windows on the structure’s high outer walls, which creates an open, airy feel.


The major drawback associated with butterfly roofs is the cost. Since the design is complex, it is more expensive than simpler roof designs.

Another disadvantage that comes with the butterfly style roof is that if the roof is not completely waterproof, you may experience leaks, especially in the valley of the roof where water may pool because of clogged drains.

Roofing Materials to Use for a Butterfly Roof

Ensuring that a roof is waterproof is always essential and it’s even more important for a butterfly roof. Using roofing material that consists of large sheets is ideal, so when building a butterfly roof, the best roofing materials to use are metal sheet roofing, modified bitumen, or a thermoplastic membrane.

Roofing Materials not to Use

Waterproofing is the main concern with a butterfly roof. So, the worst roofing materials to choose when covering it are ones that have a lot of seams, like slate roofing or clay tile roofs where each piece is installed individually. Wood shakes and asphalt shingles should also be avoided.

The butterfly roof is a mid-century classic that originated in The United States. That said, it’s a great option for home builders and buyers in Edmonton because of its eco-friendly design.

Its typically low-sloped surfaces are ideal to install solar panels on. Also, the valley in the center can channel water for household use.

If these benefits, in addition to a cool-looking design appeal to you, the butterfly roof may be the one to go with.

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What is a Flat Roof?

The name “flat roof” suggests that this type of roof is, well, flat. That’s actually not the case. Flat roofs have a slight pitch (or slope) that allows for rain and snow to run off. Flat roofs are common in industrial buildings and businesses, but we’re also seeing more of them on homes.


A flat roof is great for industrial buildings because unsightly heating and cooling equipment can be stored on the roof, hiding it from view. For homes or other residential buildings like condos and apartments, it can become a rooftop patio or garden where homeowners and residents can entertain guests.

Thinking about installing solar panels? You’ll get the most out of them on a level surface that exposes them to the sun constantly. Lastly, flat roofs can also be cheaper to design, but building them requires special consideration for waterproofing and drainage.


You might suspect that flat roofs can have drainage issues, and you’d be right. Water easily flows off a pitched roof, but if a roof is flat, water can pool and cause leaks.
Flat roof drains are also susceptible to clogs and need to be inspected and maintained regularly. In Edmonton, ice dams that are created in the winter can become leaks in the spring. Again, proper inspection and maintenance is key to getting a long life out of your flat roof. Insert Information on 2-ply SBS. This is the preferred system as it is the most durable and friendly on a house.

Roofing Materials to Use

Thermoplastic membranes are a roofing material that is engineered to last a very long time. It is flexible, puncture-resistant, excellent for waterproofing due to heat-welded seams, UV resistant, and it’s available in large sheets that can make for quicker installation. For more information on the different types of thermoplastic membranes, click here.

Traditionally, flat roofs are covered in layers of tar and gravel that are adhered with molten asphalt and are still a good option for flat roofing material. A properly done tar and gravel roof can last up to 30 years. It is still a preferred material, especially on industrial and commercial buildings since it is cost effective and proven.

Roofing Materials Not to Use

Shingles aren’t a great choice for a flat roof, and many shingle manufacturers do not recommend use of their products on flat roofs.

For a modern looking, energy saving home (or other building like a shed, apartment, of business), you may decide to build a flat roof, but be aware of the special considerations that come with this design.

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What is a Pyramid Roof?

A pyramid roof is easy to recognize because it looks exactly like what it is named after, a pyramid. It is a type of hip roof that has four sides that are all triangle shaped and all slope downward.

They are built onto a square or rectangular frame and are a simple type of roof to construct compared to gambrel, dome, saltbox, or a curved roof. Pyramid roofs are a popular choice for a garage or shed, and they also remain common for bungalows, gazebos, and cottages.


There are a number of reasons why pyramid roofs remain a popular choice when constructing a building.

One of those reasons is that pyramid roofs are easy to insulate, which is very important to homeowners because a well insulated home saves money on heating and cooling.

The slope of a pyramid can also provide room for excellent ventilation, high ceilings, or even attic space.

Good drainage is also a reason to choose a pyramid roof: equal slopes on all sides with no flat surfaces allows for water to drain off no matter which side it falls on.


On the other hand, if a pyramid roof has a small slope, there may not be much room for attic space. Accessing the roof from the inside when repairs or maintenance are needed can be tough too.

Constructing a pyramid roof is also expensive.

Designing is complex and building requires extra materials and man power.

Roofing Materials to Use

Durability of the roofing material should be the main quality you consider when choosing what to cover your pyramid roof with since this type of roof is difficult to do repairs and maintenance on.

Metal roofing is the most durable material and is the easiest to install since it can be purchased in large sheets that can cover entire sides. Metal roofing used to only mean corrugated panels, which weren’t very pretty. Now it is available in styles that look like wood, stone, or clay. You can achieve whatever aesthetic you want without the drawbacks that come along with them.

A couple more benefits to metal roofing is it is fire-resistant. This is important in Alberta because we experience forest fires every year. And for the eco-conscious builder, metal roofing is usually made from recycled materials. You can recycle your roof again when it has outlived its usefulness.

Roofing Materials Not to Use for a Pyramid Roof

High maintenance roofing on a pyramid-style roof should be avoided. A living roof, while pretty, would be impractical. It would put a lot of weight on the roof because of moisture retention and a lack of drainage. That said, living (or green) roofs are rare, but if that’s what you’re after, consider a shed-style roof or flat roof instead.

Pyramid roofs are attractive and durable. If higher construction costs aren’t an issue, this could be a great style of roof for your building.

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What is a Skillion/Shed Roof

Skillion, mono-pitched roof, lean-to roof, pent roof, and shed roof are all names for a style of roof that is simply a single-sloped surface that sits atop a structure like a home, shed, or business.

This type of roof is commonly used for sheds, porches, or home add-ons, but they are gaining popularity as roofs for modern homes.


It’s likely that shed roofs are growing in popularity because there are many pros to them: They are inexpensive to construct because they don’t require a lot of materials compared to a gambrel, hip, or gable roofs.

Shed roofs are also ideal for having solar panels, or even a living roof on. Another pro is their steep slope allows rain and snow to run or slide off, which reduces damage and maintenance.


Compared to other styles like a gable, gambrel, or hip roofs, shed-style roofs don’t offer extra living space. If the pitch is too high, you may end up with low ceilings.

Shed roofs with a steep pitch are also not recommended for areas that experience high winds, which isn’t a concern in Edmonton. Many homes in the Edmonton area have shed-style roofs.

Roofing Materials to Use for a Shed Roof

The best roofing material for this style of roof depends on its pitch (or slope). For steeply pitched roofs, shed-building experts recommend concrete, interlocking tiles because they will remain waterproof at that angle. Shingles or tiles can be used on shed roofs with a 10 to 20 degree pitch.

Cedar shake shingles are also an attractive option for a shed roof Since you won’t need as many of them for this simple style of roof, the cost can be affordable, especially for a small home, patio or a storage shed.

For relatively flat roofs with a pitch of less than 10 degrees, we suggest flat roof materials or metal. On residential low slopes it is strongly suggested to go with a 2 Ply SBS flat roof system so you don’t have to worry about it for years to come.

Roofing Materials Not to Use

In contrast to the best roofing materials for your shed-style roof, the worst roofing material to use is roll roofing. Roll roofing is similar to asphalt shingles except that it’s thinner and comes in strips that allow for quicker installation.

While it is inexpensive and will work for a shed roof with a small pitch, roll roofing is not very durable. It will only last about five to eight years and it can tear if there are changes to the roof structure. Another downside is it is not very attractive there are very few colour options.

If you are looking for something simple, economical, and eco-friendly, a shed style roof is a great option for you.