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There are a wide variety of roofing styles you can have on your residential home. One of the more aesthetically-pleasing and creative styles of modern homes is a slanted roof. If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain or snowfall, slanted roofs are a very beneficial style for your roof; however they may cause trouble in areas of strong winds.

Slanted roofs focus on redirecting water and snow off your roof, thus preventing water pools and costly damaged in your future. This post explains the five best types of slanted roofs to build on your home.


1 | Skillion Roof

Otherwise known as a “lean-to,” a skillion is a popular-style angled flat roof. If your home is already built, a skillion roof is a great option for home additions, porches, or even sheds. Skillion roofs are typically installed in two ways: a “split” uses two separate non-intersecting plans; a “mono pitch” includes a single roof plane that is angled in one direction.

Skillion roofs tend to be easy to install and require fewer building materials than other slanted roof styles. One thing to keep in mind is that using a skillion roof style means that the roof pitch will be very high and might give you lower ceilings on one side of your house.


2 | Butterfly Roof

A butterfly roof (or “inverted gable”) consists of two tandem planes slanted down toward each other. The inverted gable generally appears like a “V” shape or like the flying wings of a butterfly.

If you have a water reservoir, a butterfly roof is great at redirecting water there. It also serves as an excellently-angled style for mounting solar panels. Some of the downsides of butterfly roofs are how complex and expensive they can be to build and maintain. Because of Butterfly roofs don’t allow for traditional gutters to be built onto the side of the house, any debris normally collected on the roof will slide down the center.


3 | Saw-Tooth Roof

With saw-tooth roofs, vertical and slowed surfaces alternate to make the roof look like the teeth of a saw blade. One of the primary benefits it to allow more sunlight and warmth inside the house using vertical glass windows on the pitched roof. Coincidentally, saw-toothed roofs offer homeowners a good way to mount solar panels. Saw-tooth roofs also offer options for loft interiors or vaulted ceilings.

Much like butterfly roofs, saw-tooth roofs can be expensive and complex to build and maintain. They’re also not a recommended roofing style for people who live in areas that experience heavy snowfall, because the chances of a water leak or crack of glass from snow weight. However, you can use timber, steel or concrete to reinforce a saw-tooth roof and make construction easier.


4 | Saddle Roof

Also known as a “hyperbolic paraboloid roof,” saddle roofs follow a convex curve around one axis and a concave curve around the other axis. This roofing style is a good option for homeowners looking for an economic, open, or light house.

One of the best and organic benefit of saddle roofs is how melted snow and rainwater slides off the roof. Saddle roofs provide a very curved structure, thus requiring fewer materials to build and contain. It also offers strong protection in areas that receive heavy rain showers and snow storms.


5 | Oblique Roof

As a popular “statement” style, the oblique roof offers a steeply pitched look that sticks out into the sky. Because of its steep pitch, oblique roofs add extra height to your ceilings and allows for more natural light to brighten up your home.

Because oblique roofs usually require complex drafting, planning, construction, and use of expensive materials, they’re not typically a recommended slant roof style. Despite how demanding it may be to build the style, oblique roofs offer a very bold and strong character, giving your house a creative curb appeal.


Contact Us

Are you stuck on the kind of style to use with your slanted roof? Contact Exterior Remodel & Design, Inc., to speak with one of our expert roofers. Our team of professionals are experienced with a wide variety of styles, techniques, and materials. With transparency in mind, we’re committed to answering your questions and helping educate you on everything involving your roof.

For more information on roof pitches, read our blog post: Understanding Roof Pitch.