Hip roofs are among the most commonplace roofing types, seen on many houses and public buildings all over the world. Image by Inna Harlamoff (via Shutterstock).
Let’s get this straight: hip roofs have nothing to do with hipsters. The basic style of the roof sees four of its sides pointing to the middle of its apex. This is known as self-bracing.
Unlike a gabled roof, hip roofs need a more complex system of rafters or trusses. If in the future you plan a loft conversion, this poses some problems. Hipped roofs have less space, making for a smaller room (and reduced headroom). This can be alleviated by converting the hipped part of your roof into a gable roof.
Hip roofs have better wind resistance than gabled roofs. In a picturesque yet wet and windy part of the world (like our county for example), hip roofs help to stall oncoming winds. They make for a compact look on bungalows and many homes.
Other kinds of hip roofs
In addition to conventional hipped roofing, hip roofs also come in the following varieties: