When it comes to designing a home, roof style choices can seem endless. From the intricate to the completely flat, it can be difficult for designers to decide which to offer to their clients and for the clients to make a final decision.

At Steve Allen Construction in Ocala, FL, we are responsible for framing the entire house – roof included. Here is a list of six of the most popular and practical roof shapes to choose from.

Gabled Roof

When you think of a stereotypical roof, you’re most likely picturing the gabled style. Also called a pitched roof or peaked roof, it is characterized by its triangular shape. Just because it’s common does not mean it’s unworthy of consideration. Gabled roofs are great for homes with different wings, as each wing can have its own triangular roof, creating beautiful varied heights and visual interest. It also provides for ample attic space which can be used for storage or as a functional room.

Pyramid Roof


This roof is, you guessed it, shaped like a pyramid. Composed of four equal-sized slopes that come together at a point. This type of roof is not typically used for an entire home. Usually, a pyramid roof is used on specific portions of a home, such as a garage or pool house.

Hip Roof

A hip roof is similar to a pyramid roof, only instead of coming to a point, the four sides come to a ridge or flat portion. Hip roofs are a very practical choice because they offer excellent strength and stability. This is important here in Florida where hurricane strength winds can rip off an unstable roof in minutes.

Flat Roof

It doesn’t get much simpler than this! A flat roof is exactly what it sounds like. The benefits of this roof shape is that it’s easy to construct and much safer to walk on for maintenance purposes. The downside is that it requires more frequent repairs due to debris build-up.

Skillion Roof

This roof has a very modern appeal with its long, sloping surface. Think of it as half of a gabled roof or an inclined flat roof. With great drainage and such a sleek look, a skillion roof is a smart choice for those who want a part of their home to have an edgy look.

Saltbox Roof

This uniquely shaped roof design has one long sloping side paired with another much shorter side. The longer side is usually very steeply pitched – so much so that sometimes the side of the house under the longer portion of the roof is one story and the side under the shorter segment is two.

Although there are numerous other roof shape options, these six are a great starting point. For a knowledgeable subcontractor with plenty of roof framing experience, get in touch with us at Steve Allen Construction by giving us a call or reaching us on our contact form. We would also love to talk on any of our social channels.

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