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Sooner or later homeowners will need to replace their home's roof. When the time comes to choose a new roof, homeowners may feel overwhelmed by the many different options available. A San Antonio roofing professional can offer suggestions that will help a homeowner select the right roofing style for their home. The following is a list of some of the roofing styles homeowners may want to consider.

A gable roof is the most popular style of residential roof. It has two sloping sides and a gable that sits at each end. Many homeowners opt for this style of roof because it adds personality to the exterior and interior of the home. Gable roofs provide extra space in the attic, allowing it to be used as a storage room or as additional living quarters. Because they have a high pitch, gable roofs are easily shed water, snow and other forms of precipitation. Gable roofs also aid in the ventilation of an attic.

If a homeowner is looking for a roofing option that is unique while at the same time conservative, they may be interested in a hip roof. These roofs slope on all sides in an upward fashion. They have no vertical ends. The outside angle where all the sides of the roof come together is referred to as the hip.

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This popular style of roof can be a challenge to put together. Unlike gable roofs, hip roofs do have issues with leakage. Their design can also lead to ventilation problems, and they leave little space for an attic.

The simplest roofing design is a shed roof. A shed roof is a flat roof that slopes upward. This roofing style is inexpensive and is perfect for homeowners looking to add skylights. Like the hip roof, a shed roof is prone to drainage issues that eventually can cause the underlying construction to become damaged. While it is the cheapest option at the outset, the long term cost of maintenance and repairs may overshadow the initial savings a homeowner gets by installing this type of roof.

Homeowners can select from a wide variety of roofing styles including a pyramid, Bonnet or mansard roof. No matter what style of roof is chosen, it is more important for a homeowner to provide regular maintenance. A well maintained roof will last for many years. It will have very few leaks, and it will require little out of pocket expenditures on the part of the homeowner.

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