Which roof style is best for your outdoor space - gable, hip, flat or shed?

When you make the decision to add an outdoor living space that requires a roof, the style of roof you choose is an important decision.

There are many factors that should go into choosing the roof that works best for your home. The first factor is whether the new roof will tie into the roof of your existing home. Another important factor is the location of your structure in conjunction with your existing home or other structures that are located on your property. In many cases, the roof style simply comes down to personal preference. No matter what your circumstances are, learning which roof style will work best for your outdoor space will ensure that your new addition looks like it was made to fit with your home.


This Greensboro, NC screen porch features a gable roof.

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The most commonly used roof styles in outdoor living design are the gable, shed, hip and flat roof. A gable roof is the one that looks like it triangle. A good deal of light enters your room when the gable (or triangle end) is open. This roof style creates an open and airy effect.


This photo shows the interior of the same 3 season room as shown above. The vaulted ceiling gives the space an open feel.

Hip roofs are also a popular choice among homeowners in the Piedmont Triad area. A hip roof has 3 or 4 sides that descent from one point. The popularity of hip roofs is in part because many of today‚Äôs homes have hip roofs. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad always reviews your home’s roof style(s) in helping determine which roof style will work best on your outdoor space.

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Another roof style which use makes sense in certain situations is a shed roof. A shed roof slopes downward from the house connection. Shed roofs are simple in nature and work great with a tie-in to one-story home needing a low roof connection. Having architectural elements and upstairs windows that won’t allow a roof or certain roofs would cover or cause view obstructions also make great candidates for shed roofs. Flat roofs can also make a viable option where the situation calls for a roof style that will not intrude on structural or design elements.


Notice how this roof style makes the perfect fit for the architecture and window placement of the existing home.

One misconception we would like to address is the idea that a flat roof is just that – flat. Flat roof styles are not completely flat. Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad always designs a flat roof with a slight incline. The incline prevents pooling of water on the roof itself which can lead to structural problems in the future.

If you are considering a new custom outdoor living design, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at 336-664-1332, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.


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