The roof is an incredibly important and underrated aspect of a home. The color, shape, and style can completely change the look of a home and helps dictate the architecture as well. Roof styles and shapes tend to vary from region to region. If you’re looking to give your home an upgrade, read on to find out about the best styles for our desert climate.
Flat roofs are for more than just pueblo-style homes. These types of roofs are straight across with a very low pitch to allow for water drainage. They’re the perfect look for the desert and are easy to construct but they need to be properly waterproofed. To prevent any flooding, a proper draining system must be installed to save your home from any flooding.
You may know skillion roofs by one of its other names– lean-to or shed roof. They are very similar to flat roofs but are more angled because they’re normally attached to a taller wall. They have a very sleek and modern look and are one of the more affordable roof styles because they require less building materials than other types of roofs. Because of their angle, they allow for rain runoff, making them require less maintenance as well.
Hip roofs have slopes on all four sides of the home and each side is the same length that forms a ridge at the top. Additional slopes can be added, turning the roof into what is known as a hip and valley roof. Any type of roofing material could be used to build them, but they tend to be a more costly style of roof because of their complex design.
A simple and stylish way to set your home apart from everyone else’s is to get a curved roof. The arch-shape is aesthetically pleasing without being too loud, and the slope is completely customizable which can affect the final cost.
The butterfly roof features two slants that meet in the middle creating a V-shape. It gives homes a cool and modern look that is very unique and eyecatching. It looks especially good with homes that have large, floor-to-ceiling windows. The design is one of the more complex styles of roofs so it will be far more costly than other modern styles. It also requires a lot of maintenance.
The most traditional style of roof is the gable roof. They’re a classic look that never goes out of style, and the ease of installation makes them more affordable than the hip roof. The gable style looks good with any type of material as well, including clay tiles.