All About Hip Roof Framing All About Hip Roof Framing

Hip roof framing is a very common roofing style that provides a number of benefits structurally as well as aesthetically. This type of framing spreads the weight of the roof more evenly over the length and width of the house. The roof sloping is at equal pitch to the walls. Optional gable overhangs provide extra structural integrity as well as added protection from the elements for doors and windows. In hip roof framing, there are no vertical sides of the roof, as in traditional gable roofs.


When looking at a square house that has used hip roof framing methods, no matter what side of the house you’re looking at, they will all be identical.

Construction Complexity

Hip roof construction is more complicated that traditional gable roof construction since the rafters don’t run perpendicular to the ridge line. The ridge board on a hip roof is supported by joists that rise from each corner of the house. This means that the ridge board in this type of construction doesn’t run the full length of the house.


Hip roof framing methods are used along the Gulf Coast since this type of construction resists hurricane force winds much better than traditional gable roofs. Also, since there are eaves on all four sides of the house, added protection from the elements is given to windows and doors. Also, the overhanging eaves will provide more shading from the sun.

Hip roof framing is a very popular form of roof construction worldwide. Above you have been given some information regarding this type of construction method.

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