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3 Classic Roof Styles for Your Home

One of the best ways to make your home unique is to choose a roof that fits your aesthetics. Here are three classic roof styles for your home.

1. Gables

Gable roofs are a traditional and very popular roof style. It’s an efficient and cost-effective style, with two sloping sides facing the front and back of a house, creating a triangular silhouette. You’ll usually see gables on Georgian, Colonial, and Cape Cod-style homes. Since gable roofs are very simple in shape and construction, a company like IKO Roofing can usually make any kind of shingle work well with them. The most common shingles used are slate, asphalt, or wood.

2. Saltbox

Saltbox roofs are quite common in the northeastern US. This type of roof creates a dramatic asymmetric angle to give your home an interesting silhouette. It is typically seen on Colonial Revival and Cape Cod-style homes. This roof style is ideal for areas with heavy snowfall, as its construction is more durable than other styles. It allows for additional storage or living space, though the rooms directly under the roof will likely have sloped ceilings. You can use any roofing material to construct and shingle this roof style.

3. Gambrel

Gambrel roofs are quite similar to gable roofs, so it’s easy to work with a company like the IKO Roofing team to customize the design and choose the shingles you like best. The gambrel roof resembles the roof of a barn and usually tops homes built with Dutch Colonial or farmhouse styles in mind. If you want to include extra attic space or a loft in your home, a gambrel roof is perfect.

There are many different roofing styles to choose from, ranging from the sleek, modern butterfly roof to the asymmetric skillion style, and many ways to customize whichever style you choose, such as adding dormers or a dome.

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