Hip Roof vs. Gable Roof

May 10, 2021 | Blog, Roofing

The choice between a gable or hip roof is often overlooked when designing your home. It might seem like it’s an unimportant decision, but this type of detail can be very telling about the owner and their priorities. You have to consider factors such as what you want people to see first (your front door?), how much money do you feel comfortable investing in design? What climate are we talking about here, a humid summer day with 80-degree temperatures outside? Or frigid winter evening where raindrops fall from the sky at 40 degrees below zero Fahrenheit? These considerations will help guide your final decisions on which style of roofing system best suits your needs!

Below we detail how the hip and gable roofing systems compare to one another, and hopefully, we can help you decide which roofing system is best for you.


Hip Roofing

Residential house in hip roofing system


What characterizes a hip roof is that all four roof sections are of equal length, and each side slopes downward from the roof’s peak. The hip roof design is a classic. It features clean design lines, has a modern appeal, and is a trusted roofing design across the states as it is quite stable and fares well in severe weather conditions.

This wind-resistant roofing system will keep your home safe from the fury of nature. The high aerodynamic design with a hip shape is designed to withstand intense winds, and it’s been tried and tested in areas that experience harsh weather conditions.

The hip roof is a favorite among contractors as it is one of the easiest roofing designs to build, and it can be built with just about any roofing material. Speaking of building, when adding dormers or a crow’s nest to your hip roof, you’ll be able to increase the living space in your home. The high roof peak of this roof design also allows for vaulted ceilings.


Hip Roof Styles

The hip roof design is available in many styles and variations, as mentioned above.


The Simple Hip Roof

This is the most common hip-style roof. It comprises rectangular or polygon sections on two opposite sides of the roof and then two triangular areas, which are also opposite one another, making up the four sides of the hip roof.


Pyramid Hip

The pyramid hip is one of the most stable and durable roofing structures on account that it’s built like a sturdy, triangular pyramid. The four slopes come together at a single peak which makes for an impressive-looking structure.


Cross Hip

The cross hip occurs when two hip roofing structures are combined to create one roofing system. Each hip’s meeting point comes together to form a valley on your roof.



While the hip roof design is a popular option among American homeowners, it has its fair share of disadvantages.

While a hip roof is a lot easier to install, it is a complex design and requires more building materials than a gable roofing system. As a result, you’re looking at a price range of between $20 000 to $50 000 depending on your roof’s size and the materials you use.

The slopes of this design are not as steep as that of the gable roof and thus do not perform well during a snowstorm. In addition, because the peak is not as high, the hip roof leaves minimal space for an attic.


Gable Roofing

residential house with a Gable or pitched type roofing


The gable roof design has a special place in the hearts of homeowners looking for simplicity and minimalism. This is because it uses simple geometry to create an aesthetically pleasing home that stands out from all others with its prominent peak and triangular frame.

Much like the hip roofing design, the gable roof is built using just about any roofing material. For homeowners on a tight budget, the gable roof design is an excellent choice as it is easily constructed and costs less than a hip roof to build.

They’re a favorite in areas with colder climates as their high peaks make for effective shedding of significant snowfall. These high peaks also allow homeowners to create spacious attic spaces and allow for excellent ventilation within the home, making them perfect additions to any snowy area!


Gable Roof Styles


The Side Gable

The side gable roof is the most basic of the gable roof designs. It comprises two sides of equal length and forms the characteristic triangle. The two sections of the roof meet at the top to form a ridge.


The Crossed Gable

The crossed gable roof is created when two or more gable roofing structures are joined at a right angle. The heights, length, and pitch of the gable roofing can be varying degrees. This is a standard roof design for large homes with separate wings.


Dutch Gable

The Dutch gable roof design is a unique combination of the gable and hip roof styles. The dutch gable roof is constructed by placing a gable roof above the hip roofing structure’s hips. Thus, it combines both the benefits and downfalls of each roofing system.



The gable roof design is notorious for not holding up too great in areas that experience high wind speeds or in hurricane-prone regions. Without adequate frame support, your gable roof design is at risk of collapsing when the strong winds approach.

Intense winds can also cause uplift to occur on your roof, which could result in the roof structure detaching from your home. Therefore, the gable roofs are often less durable than a hip roof and thus should be built with stronger braces to hold them together during stormy weathers such as hurricanes.


If you’re still unsure which roofing design to opt for, please feel free to contact Lumen Construction Roofing today! We’ll guide you through all the ins and outs of each roofing style and help you make the best decision for your home.

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