Roof Styles Explained


As we drive through the local neighbourhood, we find ourselves met with a variety of different roofs. And while many of us will maintain the same style of roof that is already on our building, you might be intrigued by the differences that are around. Or you might be looking to change your roof, or consider the options for your extension or garage. Here we have pulled together some information on some of the more common styles that you will find around.

A-Frame Roof

Typically this is the most common style of roof that you will see as you travel around. The reason for its name is also very clear when you pull back the layers of your roof. An A-frame roof is made up internally of a row of, usually wooden, A-shaped frames. Externally they are commonly known as a pitched roof, where two sides raise up to a point with either end being a flat straight wall. One of the benefits of this style of roof is that there are limited areas that can gather water, allowing it to flow evenly off the roof.

Bonnet Roof

Less common in the UK than other countries around the world, particularly the USA, the Bonnet roof makes for an attractive style of roof. The roof can be claimed as being in two sections. The central section has a steeper pitch (unlike the A-frame this slopes on all 4 sides), whereas the outer section has a somewhat smaller gradient. Typically this style of roof will overlap on all sides (sometimes only one or two for design) similar to sun hats, hence the name bonnet roof. This overlap makes a great shelter over a porch or a deck, meaning that this style of roof is great for a summer or garden house.

Butterfly Roof

Less commonly seen, but intriguing nonetheless. The butterfly roof is often seen in industrial areas, such as that it is used on a number of industrial units. This style of roof is essentially inverted. With higher sides and a downwards peak in the centre. Usually, these roofs are slightly higher at one end, which allows the water to drain through the middle and out at the one end. This style of roof can be proven to leak if not sealed well or maintained due to the collection of water that can occur.

Gable Roof with Window

These roofs have many similarities to the A-frame roof such as the main structure coming to a point on the central line, with two flat ends. However, this also includes the addition of a window with a small gable roof above it, sheltering the window. This style of roof is often found on houses that have either attic conversions or a long line roof (meaning that the roof slopes down through the upstairs bedrooms). This style of roof allows you to have upright windows rather than roof windows, with a peak that offers the window some weather protection.

Flat Roof

Flat Roofs are the style or roof that we specialise in here at East Midlands Roofing Solutions. Often seen on office, or business buildings, garages, sheds, industrial buildings amongst a range of other properties, they are a favourite for our team. This style of roof allows easy access for work to be carried out, which means it’s a great choice for the above buildings where regular maintenance work may be carried out. While many people look to avoid flat roofs due to the previous assumption that water will collect and thus leak through or cause damage, providing the roof is fitted well by experts and sealed appropriately, along with regular maintenance, this type of roof is great for a range of purposes. Check out our Flat Roof page for more information.

For more information on the style of roof, or to discuss a new roof, including rubber flat roofs or roofing repairs, please get in touch with us today and a member of our expert team will be more than happy to assist you.