hip & gable roofs?


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Old 03-17-06, 11:46 PM
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Smile hip & gable roofs?

Hey there everyone
i was just wondering what makes the gable roof better than the hip roof? (or was it the other way around?) and the advantages of both. I googled it but cant seem to find anything?!
thanks in advance. I am doing this as part of my major project and any info would be appreciated
 
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Old 03-18-06, 07:25 AM
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I like the look of hips. They are just harder to vent.
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Both roofs re good roofs. The are just different styles of roofs. Basically it is an appearance deal.
Houses square or almost square usually have hip roofs. Retangular houses usually have gable roofs.
Neither is better then the other. Good Luck
 
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thank you very much
 
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Here in Hurricane prone Florida, I notice that most damage was done to the Gable roofs due to more flat surface area for the wind to act against. I'm not a professional, but I see it this way:

Hip roof: Better looking, but less attic space.

Gable roof: More attic space, but more susceptible to high wind damage.

Good luck,

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Old 03-24-06, 09:23 AM
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The old adage was hips are better because it completely protects all 4 sides. How much protection, now that is going to depend on too many factors. I like the look of hips and the fact the house has a "dryzone" when it rains normally so flashing "could fail" above every window I have and I'll never know since there's no way for water to get that high unless a freak storm hits with high winds.

costs more to shingle, less attic space especially with new hip trusses.

Gables are easy and fast to construct, cost less to construct, less to shingle, etc..hence the popularity of gables. Give it 20 yrs when the roofs on all these new homes and crazy roof line need to be reshingled and I think there will be alot of equity loans just to reshingle LOL!!
 
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Old 03-24-06, 10:53 AM
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dwcurry hit it on the nose. Hip roofs have a better chance of weathering hurricanes because of the strength of their profile. Of course, if the wind is strong enough, nothing can stand up!
 
 

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