Hip roofs have four steep sides that slant up to meet at a peak. The roofs are popular with shorter homes and businesses and work for a variety of architectural styles. When choosing a roofing material for your hip roof, there are a few different characteristics to consider. You should also consult a roofing company to fully understand the options available.
Here are three of the best roofing materials for a hip roof.
Wood shingles combine natural tones and a textured appearance for one of the most classic roofing looks around. The shingles, also called shakes, are made of cedar and can be stained to best match the other colors on your home.
Benefits of wood shingles, other than the appearance, include natural insulation abilities and an installation method that helps water run between the shingles, which further help a hip roof drain. Wood shingles also tend to be cheaper than slate, which is another popular natural roofing material.
Downsides of wood roofing include insect and weather-related damage that make these shingles one of the more high maintenance roofing options.
Metal roofing comes in strips that snap together so that the edges form a vertical barrier called a standing seam. The installation method makes metal roofing one of the most waterproof materials available, which helps ensure all of the sharp corners and edges of a hip roof are safe from leaking.
Metal roofing is resistant to insect damage and the majority of weather-related damage. Heavy impacts from blowing branches or other large debris can dent the roofing.
The metal isn't always the most attractive roofing option even if the roofing company makes the strips to resemble wood or slate. And a successful metal roof depends heavily on hiring a reputable, experienced company to lay down the standing seams.
Clay tiles are another attractive, natural option and alternative to wood and slate. The tiles work especially well on homes with a Spanish-style architecture or color scheme, but subdued colors of tiles can work on nearly any home.
Clay tiles are weather resistant and low maintenance. Heavy impacts can crack the tiles as can ignorant roof workers who don't know not to walk heavily on the tiles. The proper installation from a trained company should prevent any worker-related damages.
These tiles are one of the more expensive roofing materials available, but you might consider the investment worth the while if you want to improve the curb appeal of your home. Hip roofs tend to show off most of the surface area towards the street so choosing an attractive material, if your budget allows, can make a large difference in appearance. Contact a company like ACE Roofing for more information.