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Colorado Springs Roofing: Article About Hip Roof Styles

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A hip or hipped roof has all four sides sloping down toward the walls, whereas a gable roof has only two sides. The fascias on all four sides of a hipped roof are all at the same level so that a gutter may be fitted all the way around. The walls are at right angles to the roof of a gabled house and come to a point where they meet the ridge of the roof. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages.

Because hip roofs require a complex system of trusses and ridges, they are more difficult to build than gabled roofs. On the other hand, the walls of a house with a hip roof are easier to construct because they are all the same height. On the down side, hip roofs offer less attic space than a gable roof, although the mansard roof offers a way around this.

While most hip roofs slope gently, a steeper pitch is more suitable for the snowy winters to which Colorado Springs roofing is exposed. Both rain and snow slide off a steep roof more easily than they do a shallow one. Hip roofs do their best work in areas that are subject to high winds, such as those experienced in blizzards or hurricanes, because they are internally braced and less likely than a gabled roof to peel off and blow away.

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Hip roofs are commonly seen on cottages and bungalows. They also suit the American Foursquare or Prairie styles of home such as those designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This post-Victorian style has a simple box shape with a four-room floor plan and two and a half stories. The roof is low-hipped with a deep overhang and a large central dormer.

The hip roof also suits French-inspired designs like French Provincial or Colonial. These styles were brought home by soldiers who fought in World War I. Along with hip roofs, these houses had flared eaves, multi-paned windows and dormer windows.

A variation on the typical hip roof is the Mansard style, which has two slopes on each of the four sides with the bottom slope steeper than the top. The lower slope may be punctured by a dormer window. This style was introduced by the 17th century architect Francois Mansart as a means of evading the French zoning restrictions, which limited the height of a house to 65 feet when measured up to the cornice line. Space above this line could legitimately hold three or even four stories within the upper slope.

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