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Hipped Pyramid: Know Your Roof Types

17th July 2017 by in category blog tagged as , , , with 0 and 2

Cumbria Roofing looks at roofs of the hipped pyramid variety

Hipped pyramid roof by Zern Liew (via Shutterstock).

An oblong base hipped pyramid roof by Zern Liew (via Shutterstock).

The hipped pyramid roof could be seen as a four way hipped roof, only that all four hips meet at a central point. Typically, the roof itself is atop a square base and owe a debt to the Great Pyramids in Egypt. Sometimes they form part of a tower roof.

They are most commonly seen in use on pavilions, homes, and wind shelters. They are popular for smaller structures including at one time, telephone boxes. At a shallow pitch, they can top a tower roof. At deeper pitches, they can form part of a church spire. The Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Sompting, Sussex, has a version of a hipped pyramid roof known as a Rhenish Helm roof. The main difference is the rhomboid construction where four gables from their apex spawn the hipped pyramid roof.

On a smaller scale, hipped pyramid roofs can be used as roof lights or be used in combination with a bigger roof.

Cumbria Roofing, 17 July 2017.

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