When building or designing your own home you will have the opportunity to choose what type of roof you want, which often dictates the overall design of the home. There are many types of roofs that use different kinds of materials. With so many design options, Nickerson Roofing would like to share the major roofing trends and what materials that are used to create modern homes and strong roofs.

Gable & Other Roofing Designs

Flat Roofs: For modern or vintage style homes, often a flat roof is used to create dynamic expression of the home. However, as a flat roof may look interesting, they also have many benefits. A flat roof provides the option for solar panels. Flat roofs provide a flat surface where the entire roof can be used for solar without the consideration of which side is facing the sun. You can also use a flat roof for a garden or even installing a water tank on top of the roof. Flat roofs do require occasional maintenance and the homeowner must always inspect for low spots where water can puddle.
Pyramid Hip Roofs: A pyramid hip roof is as the name implies. It has four sides that come together at a point. Pyramid hip roofs have their advantages as well. Pyramid hip roofs don’t have ridges where water runs down. Wherever water is directed in mass, you can have the potential of leaks. Pyramid hip roofs have less leaking problems than other roofing styles. Additionally, the design of the pyramid hip roof eaves help provide more shade.
Gable Roofs: A gable roof is a roof with two sloping sides and is one of the most common types of roofs. Gable roofs are most often used because they do well in both hot and cold climates. Gable roofs are also affordable and provide multiple design options. There are many types of gable roofs such as Flemish or Dutch gable, front gable, and cross gable.
Shed Roofs: A shed roof, or also known as the Skillion roof, has a single slope much like a water shed. These roofs are often used when the slant side faces the sun for solar installation. Shed roofs provide plenty of space for solar panels and they are easy to build.

Types of Roofs & Roof Covering Materials

Asphalt Shingle: Asphalt shingles are affordable and easily installed. They come in many colors and enhance the home’s profile. Most asphalt shingle roofs last between 20 and 30 years with maintenance. However, eventually the shingles will need to be replaced.
Metal Roofs: Metal roofs are becoming one of the more popular roof trends. The type of metal used on roof scan vary. However, metal roof tops are well known for their longevity. A metal roof can last between 40 to 100 years. Metal roofs come with high quality insulation to reduce the sound of rain or hail as it hits the metal.
Wood Shake Roof: For a cabin or natural looking home, many will install a wood shake roof that is considered to be environmentally friendly and reduces energy consumption. One species of wood highly used is Cedar which can last between 20 to 40 years.
Slate Roof: Slate roofs are beautiful and they can last between 50 to 125 years. Slate is one of the oldest types of roofing material and gives us evidence of its longevity. Slate can be recycled which gives it the environmental approval.

Roof Inspections, Repairs, Maintenance, Replacement & More in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California

When building your own home and considering what style of roof and what material you want, these are some of the top trending roofs. For quality roof inspection, repair and installation, contact Nickerson Roofing.