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Know The Top 7 Roof Types In India

Roof Types

Roofs do much more than just serving the basic purpose of protecting a home and its occupants from sun, wind, rain, snow and other outside elements. For instance, the shape of a roof plays a huge role in defining and characterizing the complete look and elegance of a house. In addition to this, a roof plays a prominent role in making a home more resilient, weatherproof and energy efficient, also it provides some additional living space. The real value of the roof is quite hard to overstate. Hence, when building a new house or remodeling an existing one, choosing the right type of roof can be one difficult task for most of the people. Building on what’s written, we bring for you the top 7 roof types most suitable and commonly seen in India.


 Top 7 Roof Types In India

Roof In India

Flat Roof

1. Flat Roof

Much of ancient architecture in India are made using flat roofs. Hence it wouldn’t be wrong to call it one classic roof types. It is one of the simplest types of roof and very commonly seen in our country.  This roof types instantly adds additional living space, which no other roofing style does, or at least not that easily. This roof type is ideal for creating open spaces for humans to visit, gardening, dining, akin to a patio or deck. The installation process of a flat roof is simple, the standard materials used are Rubber and cement.

Flat Roof

2. Parapet Roof

The concept is like Flat roofs. A parapet typically is defined as an extension of the wall at the edge of a roof, terrace, walkway, balcony, or other structure. On modern roofs, parapet can be both a safety feature or a constructional and stylistic feature. A large ratio of flat roofs features a parapet of some height, no wonder parapets often go unnoticed on modern houses as they commonly appear as the line of a flat roof.

Parapet Roof

3. Gable Roof

The axiomatic roof types. The term ‘gable’ typically refers to the triangle shaped spot formed when two pitched areas of the roof come together. This is one of the most popular roof types in India – it’s easy to build, sheds water easily, facilitates ventilation and can be applied to most of the house designs. Gable roofs a classic, in fact, it is one of the most commonly occurring roof shapes in those parts of the world with cold or moderate climates. In India, this kind of roofs is most commonly seen on huts, private bungalows & cottages, villas, and chalets.

Gable Roof

4. Box Gable

Box gabled roofs are almost very similar to open Gable roofs, with one minor difference. This type of roof has 2 sloping sides which meet to form a ridge, with a triangular extension on either side that is typically boxed off from the walls. Box gables are popular for areas which have cold weather conditions, as it offers a stable design which deals well with rain and snow.

Box Gable

5. Hip Roof

The ends of the gable roof type have no shade or cover because there are only two roofing surfaces – this probably is one of its biggest disadvantages. The roof type which fixes this issue perfectly is the hip roof, i.e. a roof form which has all sides slope downwards towards the walls. Normally hipped roof has 4 sides, two with triangle shapes and two with trapezoids. These are more stable than gable roof and perform great in high wind areas. Also, owing to the extra eaves on all sides, the hip roof can provide extra shade during the warm summer months keeping the home cooler.

Hip Roof

6. Skillion Roof

A skillion roof is also commonly called a ‘shed roof’, these are totally different from flat or gable roofs. These have one single flat surface which is steeper with a more noticeable pitch. These are often installed owing to its easy, fast and cheap installation. Furthermore, this roof type doesn’t suffer from the drainage issues encountered by less steeply pitched roofs and they also provide the opportunity to add natural light by allowing skylight installations – And yes, these are a symbol of sophisticated and modern design.

Skillion Roof

7. Combination Roof

There is a huge scope when it comes to spotting the perfect roof that suits your need. It is difficult for one single roof type to be ideal for your home. More than that climate or even how your building is situated on the property (sunlight, wind, etc.) plays a huge role in deciding the type of roof. In such circumstances, combination roofs come to rescue. A combination roof integrates a design of two or more roof types on the same structure for aesthetic and practical reasons.

Combination Roof

Closing Thoughts

Roof Types

The world could become boring if everything was uniform, also if all types of home had the same type of roof – It would possibly become a visual disaster, isn’t it? Think about the satellite images on Google Maps? It would end up looking the same. Fortunately, real life is different, and just like there are many personalities in people, so are the numerous roofing options, Isn’t it?

Even then, whichever roof type you choose, always ensure your roofing materials is environment-friendly.

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Keep in Mind, having the perfect roof which looks good and is sustainable can go a long way into creating that perfect first and long-term impression for your house. So, think and evaluate each factor carefully before you make your final selection.

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