No matter where you live in the US, you’re bound to be affected by some sort of natural disaster. Whether it be hurricanes, tornadoes, dust clouds, heatwaves, snowstorms, earthquakes, or some other type of phenomenon, it’s always great to prepare for what’s to come.

In Raleigh, we experience our fair share of severe weather conditions. These weather systems often sweep through an area, leaving a trail of wreckage and debris in its wake. If you live in an area that regularly experiences intense weather conditions, it’s essential to have a robust roofing system to protect your home and family.

If you’re building your new home and would like to know which roofing system is the strongest and the best for your home, well, then read further as we delve into the characteristics of each roofing design.

When deciding on a roof design, you’ll essentially be choosing between a hip or gable roof design. From here, roof designs branch off into different styles and variations, and some are a combination of the two roof design options.


Hip Roof Style

The hip roof design is made up of four roof slopes of equal length, and these slopes meet at the top of the roof to form a ridge. Wondering where it gets its name? A hip is the roof area where one slope or section of the roof meets another.

Hip roofs are a favorite across the US as they are aerodynamic and fair well against high wind forces and significant snowfall. The roof slopes allow for water, snow and debris to drain from the roof effectively. Because the roof design allows for consistent fascia, this makes the attachment of an effective gutter system so much easier.

Another fantastic feature of the hip roof design is that you can use almost any roofing material to create your new hip roof. Hip roofing is available in the simple, cross and half-hipped design. The hip roof’s durability, sturdiness and aerodynamics make it one of the strongest roof designs on the market; no wonder it’s America’s top roofing choice.


Gable Roof Design

Gable roofing is made up of two sloping sections on opposite sides of the roof, which meet at the peak, forming an incomplete triangle. Gable roofs are also referred to as peaked roofing.

Gable roofing is excellent for residential homes that experience significant rain and snowfall as the steep roof slopes allow for effective draining. The roof design also allows for the construction of a spacious attic space or high ceilings, depending on your preference.

However, the gable roof doesn’t fare well against severe weather conditions such as hurricanes, high winds and significant snowstorms. Without adequate frame support, your gable roof runs the risk of collapsing in extreme weather. High-intensity wind can also cause an uplift underneath your gable roof, especially if there is too much overhang occurring.

The gable roof design is available in several styles, such as the open gable roof, box gable, cross gable, flying gable and the gambrel roof style.


A-Frame Roofing

The A-Frame roofing style is a classic roofing design that adds immediate curb appeal to any home. As the name suggests, the A-frame roof is shaped like a large A, and the two slopes which make up the roof are, in fact, the walls of the house. As a result, the A-frame roof is quite a sturdy roof design.

The A-frame roof is similar to that of the gable roof design, except that its slopes extend to the ground. Because the roof slopes protect pretty much the entire home, A-frame roofing fares well against severe weather conditions such as intense wind speeds and significant snowstorms. Because of the roof’s steep slopes, water cannot collect or standstill on this roof. You’ll often find these roof designs near ski resorts and areas that receive high snowfall.


Essentially, a strong roof design is one that copes with the particular environment in which you find yourself. Some roofing designs are better suited to windy areas, whereas others are great at surviving during snowstorms. To determine which roof design is best for you, have your local roofing company come out to inspect your roof and your environment so that they can help you make the best decision for your home. For more information and advice on the best roofing options for you, give Apal Roofing a call today!

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