Pitched roof which uses hip or gable as their choice are very much popular in areas where rain, snow and high winds are of big concern. Slant of the roof allows the snow and rain t side from the roof very easily and stops the water pond being formed on the roof and damaging it. There are various types of pitched roofs but basically they are installed under two categories, hipped roofs and gable roofs. There might be different designs but in general it adopts the design of gable roof only. The basic difference between them is that gable roofs has gable and contains two slanted sides whereas hip roofs has no gable and contains four slanted sides. Here is a comparative pros and cons of hip roof and gable roof.
Pros and cons of gable roof and hip roof
As we seen hip roofs has two additional slides, it will have more complex structure as compared to that of gable roofs. Hip roof also has more components as compared to that of gable roofs. Even though both the types have only one horizontal ridge but then also hip roof requires more types of rafter than gable roofs. Gable roofs need only two sets of parallel rafters whereas hip roofs need more types of rafters that too of different sizes and length. This is the reason why structure of gable roof is simpler than that of hip roofs.
As hip roofs have complex structure, it takes more time for construction and that’s why contractors charge more fees if they are said to construct hip roofs. The variations needed for hip roofs components is also a factor which makes this roof more costly to construct. Contrary to this gable roof has simple construction and also takes less times to be constructed and hence the cost involved in gable roof construction is also less.
Resistant against weather
The slanted sides of both the types of roof make them greatly resistible against snow, rain, strong winds and hurricane. But when compared both of them as hip roof is slanted on all its sides, it is considered as more reliable for resisting weather situations. Here two gables, in case of gable roofs will act like a mast and will make the effect of hurricane even bad. Wind which comes from inside the roof will be able to easily peel of the roofing material and will also cause serious damage. For preventing this disaster from happening, you must make the roof design perfect and install strong wind braces for more safety.
Extra living space
There are several buildings which have attic and even more functional living space under the roof space. If you are going for installation of gable roof then you are available with much more space in attic. But you are opting for hip roofs then you will not be getting that much space. Gable roofs are more spacious as compared to that of hip roofs.