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Jacksonville Roofing: Article About Roofing Styles Per Region

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Different types of roof can best protect a home depending on the weather and environmental conditions of a local region. It is a good idea for homeowners to know a little bit about roofing styles before contacting a Jacksonville roofing professional to consult on a new roof. Along with the various styles of roofs, each style can be made of different materials, which can also be based on local climate. North American roofs typically come in ten designs: mansard, gambrel, saltbox, pyramid, hip, bonnet, flat, cross-gabled, arched and skillion/shed.

Roofs typically come in either a flat or angled design. Steep roofs are constructed to ward off snow and ice, while other designs for drier climates may be flatter because snow or water accumulation is not a factor. Most roofs do generally offer the same level of protection and factor in their corresponding climates. Because different styles provide similar levels of protection, most design elements are mostly aesthetic. Many angular roofs made up of slopes typically outstretch over a roof and form some type of soffit.

Of the roofing types, the most common are angular types, each usually forming some form of triangular shape. An online image search would be required to truly understand a roof's visual style, but this article can still help the average homeowner learn about what roofs are best in what conditions.

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Roofs that hold up best against high levels of precipitation and force winds include Mansard, Gable, Saltbox, Bonnet, Gambrel and Skillion/Shed. These roofs all form a triangular shape and help snow and rain run off a roof, lowering the stress on its overall structure.

Roofs best suited for high wind or hurricane areas are hip and pyramid roofs, a type of hip roof. They offer better internal bracing and are less likely to be peeled from a home by the force of winds. All sides of the roof slope down, meeting the walls of the house, better protecting it from sun, wind, and rain. The most commonly used types of hip roof for high wind areas are basic hip, pyramid hip, cross hipped, half hipped and a Dutch Gable roof. Lastly, a flat roof type is best left for areas without high levels of precipitation and are wind neutral when it comes to protection. Homeowners are urged to search for online images of the different types of roofs and consult with a roofing professional to determine what roofing type is best for their local area.

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