Types of roofs

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This month with Protech Roofing, we will be discussing various types of roofs, their physical appearances as well as their pros and cons. You may be familiar with some of the roofs mentioned and maybe not so much with others, as they’re not as mainstream in the UK as they are in other parts of the world. Less common roofs mentioned can be found in France and the US in regions such as Mississippi and Louisiana; generally because they work well with the weather experienced there. Luckily for the UK, the only extreme weather we need to worry about is rain, so our roofs can be installed with these physicalities in mind too.


  • Characteristics: a very angular, barn/farm styled roof – has two slopes that meet to a point.
  • Pros: provides a spacious room with height. Due to its simplicity this helps to keep the cost low as this roof only requires two beams and few materials.
  • Cons: not ideal for areas where there’s a tendency for extreme weathers such as heavy snow, strong winds, and substantial rainfall. Although it’s a simple design, they do require somewhat regular upkeep as they need to be protected now and then to ensure its durability.



  • Characteristics: this asymmetrical design slopes far down on one side.
  • Pros: this roof has an advantage over most roofs because this slope helps rainwater to run off quickly, making this a reliable surface in bad weather. This also allows for a third story, if you wish for a loft conversion – making the most of a home’s space.
  • Cons: because of the peculiar design, the costs can be rather high due to the man hours it takes to produce a well fitted, sloping roof.


Pyramid Roof

  • Characteristics: this roof has four sides coming to a point at the very top.
  • Pros: a pyramid roof is great in harsh weathers and is more likely to remain untouched during any strong winds or hurricanes.
  • Cons: this design requires a lot of time and effort and can be expensive.


Bonnet Roof (Kicked-eaves)

  • Characteristics: this type of roof has a double slope, with one at more of an angle than the other. The lower slope is commonly found protruding over the front of the house.
  • Pros: the slopes allow water to run off the roof with ease, keeping water away from the walls, reducing the chances of damp or leaks. These type of roofs also look great with dormer windows.
  • Cons: due to the more complex design, bonnet roofs are harder to erect and use more materials than most roofs. Although these roofs reduce damps and leaks, depending on how both of the slopes meet, water can gather in small pools so you may want to waterproof these areas.


Mansard Roof

  • Characteristics: a four-sloped roof with short side slopes and long front and back slopes. Dormer windows will usually be situated within the front and back of this roof. This height of these roofs are rather low due to their slightly flat and sloped shaping. This can be rather desirable, giving owners the option to open up the upper floor for extra living space. This not only will increase value but will open up various possibilities.
  • Pros: not only does it look charming and add character, it adds more space to the home; enabling an extra livable storey. Mansard roofs makes converting easy, providing you with a flexible upper floor that can be turned into a bespoke loft/attic/bedroom. Also ideal for future building work with the possibility that you can build another floor on top of your roof. Windows that are installed into the roofing, lends itself to a light and spacious, inviting area.
  • Cons: snow can be hard to get rid of on a roof like this and it can build up. When snow becomes compact it will melt slowly.


Flat Roof

  • Characteristics: a completely flat roof is usually fabricated from rubber and asphalt; this being said expensive metal can be used also.
  • Pros: a flat roof is modern and cheaper to install as the materials required to build a flat roof have very little cost and the roof can be fitted quickly as rafters and trusses aren’t required.  
  • Cons: In the summer these roofs may lead you to have extra expenses, as a flat roof absorbs the heat, you may need to have your air conditioning running throughout these months.


Arched Roof

  • Characteristics: curved like having a bridge on top of your home, arched roofs are super modern and are very appealing.
  • Pros: they give the inside of your home nice subtle curves. Arched roofs can be customised to suit the extreme weather you face in the area you live; to ensure it’s fit for purpose.
  • Cons: depending on your chosen arched design, these roofs can be expensive.


Skillion Roof

  • Characteristics: sloping roofs, are mainly used for sheds and ski cabins but increasing with popularity, skillion roofs are being built on modern homes too.
  • Pros: they are easy to build, and an ideal design for snowy and rainy areas as both run nicely off these roofs.
  • Cons: although they’re aesthetically pleasing, the angle of the roof must never be too high as your ceilings could end up too low. Also they’re not fit for windy areas as repairs may need to be made frequently.

Here at Protech Roofing LTD we hope that this article has helped you to consider various styles of roofing and enabled you to see that it’s worthwhile to know the pros and cons, to ensure you get only the best out of your roof. Our team of roof experts work across Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester areas – If you wish for more information or would like to talk to a professional about installation or just simple repairs, please get in contact today!

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