3 Roofing Materials for a Cross-Hipped Roof That Combines Form and Function

Posted on: 29 November 2016

A hipped roof has a raised rectangle appearance due to the four eve sides with moderate slopes that meet at a flattened peak. When your home has two connecting wings that each has a hipped roof, the result is a cross-hipped roof. Unlike a hip and valley setup, where the bottoms of the hips connect and form valleys, two entire sides of the different hipped roofs join at the junction point. This unusual structure gives the cross-hipped roof some pros and cons that can help choose the best new roof material.

What are the best roofing materials to discuss with your roofing contractors if you want to combine form and function on your cross-hipped roof?

Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt roofing has become increasingly possible due to its impressive combination of affordability, durability, and appearance. The composite material can come dyed a variety of colors, which means no risk of chipping paint, and can come molded into different shapes and even imprinted with textures like wood grain. 

The light physical weight of asphalt makes for an easy and quick installation, which can save you on labor costs. The lightness can prove a burden on roofs with steep sides since this can make asphalt prone to wind damage. But the cross-hipped roof has moderate slopes that don't pose much of a wind damage risk to the asphalt.

Wooden Roofing

Cedar wood roofing comes in either shakes or shingles, and the right choice comes down to your personal style preference. The shakes have a thicker, more rough and rustic appearance that will give your home a more cottage look. Shingles have a more streamlined look though still more textured than a standard asphalt shingle or a slate tile. Either style of wood can come in the stain color of your choice.

Wood roofing can suffer from some elemental damage or insect infestations, so you will want to work closely with your roofing contractors to minimize the risks of damage. Wood also comes in about mid-level in pricing so, if you need to stick to a close budget this material, the sheer surface area of the cross-hipped roof might make the project too expensive.

Slate Roofing

If you have a high roofing budget, not much can beat the elegance, durability, and low maintenance nature of slate tile. The stone roofing can make your roof look both more expensive and more subdued, which helps draw the eye away from the giant roof and towards the actual house. Slate can install in brickwork patterns and pairs well on a home with masonry siding or ornamental detailing.


Time for a New Roof?

Hi, my name is Mitch. Before retiring a few years ago, I worked in the roofing industry. Over the years, I worked in nearly every capacity, ranging from apprentice to general manager of the company. I know that purchasing a new roof for your home can be expensive and a bit intimidating. My goal is to provide useful advice to help you make informed decisions when it comes to your new roof. I'm going to share information about different roofing materials and why you may want to consider one over another. I'll also share where you can cut costs, and how to choose a reputable roofing company. I hope you find this information valuable.

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