In our previous post, we discussed the first five of ten types of roofs you should know about before you get your roof refurbished, built, or replaced. Despite the common belief that only one type of roof will do for any single building, you actually have many options! Last time, we went over these types of roofs:

  1. Flat Roofs
  2. Gable Roofs
  3. Hip Roofs
  4. Mansard Roofs
  5. Gambrel Roofs

In today’s post, we’ll conclude with five more roof-types that you should know about:

  1. Butterfly Roof
  2. Saltbox Roof
  3. Curved Roof
  4. Pyramid Roof
  5. Combination Roof

If you are in Nashville and want to get any of these roofs — or any other type of roof — installed on your residential or commercial building, reach out to Tim Leeper Roofing and get the project taken care of by our team of highly-experienced, licensed contractors. We will help all the way from design to completion of your new roof. We hope to speak with you soon!


Beyond considerations regarding what material you will use, what gives your roof its character is its design and shape. Here are five more unique and popular roof designs/shapes along with their pros and cons:


Butterfly roofs are an aesthetically unique roof style wherein the two sides meet in the center and not at the sides, forming a shape like a butterfly in flight. It is a V-shaped roof angled up on the outside, with the mid-section lower than the two sides.

This is more than just an aesthetically-pleasing roof style, it also comes with some distinct benefits. A butterfly roof, for one thing, allows for larger windows to be used in the upper floors, increasing the amount of natural light that enters your home and contributing to a more open home design. You may think that the valleys created by this design would make your roof prone to water damage, however, that’s not the case. The valley of the “V” essentially works as a giant downspout — and in fact, in some regions, where water is scarce, a rain barrel may be attached at the end of a butterfly roof to collect rainwater.

The real downside of butterfly roofs is their expense. They tend to be on the costlier side of roofs available, and maintenance also tends to cost more. It may also be more difficult to regulate the temperature in your home with the open design that a butterfly roof contributes to. Metal roofing is an ideal option for a butterfly roof.


A variation of the early Colonial and Cape Cod house (which we’ll discuss another time), the Saltbox house is characterized by a unique roof, which was very common in the early years of America. Saltbox roofs are asymmetrical, with one side being slightly sloping and the other side being a more sharply sloping lean-to with gables on each side. These roofs are very practical for regions that experience heavy rain, such as New England or the Pacific Northwest. The saltbox roof also provides extra space in a home with its extended lean-to design.

Another positive about saltbox roofs is that they are more durable than your typical gable roof, due to their asymmetrical design. However, designing them can be tricky — so the major con is that, due to the relative difficulty for constructing them, building costs tend to be higher than other more standard designs. Some areas of your home may also have slanting ceilings, which is not usually aesthetically desirable.


The curved roof is a very modern, creative roof design. The design can range from heavily arched to only a slight curve, depending on what you want. You can create a truly beautiful, totally unique roof by going with this design style. The subtlety of the design makes it very appealing, as well as the way it can cover your entire home with only a single section, providing a consistent seal atop your home, reducing the chance of leaks. The only significant downside of a curved roof is that it may cost more than other types of roof designs, depending on its complexity. The best material for a curved roof is definitely metal, as it is bendable and lasts a long time without needing much if any maintenance.


A type of hip roof, the pyramid roof is a roof where all four sides come to a single point at the top. This type of roof design is generally used for smaller buildings such as cabins, bungalows, garages, or storage buildings. It’s a unique-looking roof that is extremely durable against strong winds and other severe weather. In regions at risk for hurricanes or high-winds, this is a very smart choice for roof design. The main cost is, one more, due to its relatively complex design, it can cost more than its more basic (yet less sturdy) cousins in the hip roof family.


Why choose just one design? It can benefit you both aesthetically and practically to implement more than one type of roof design on your home. A combination roof, as the name indicates, combines a number of the other designs to create an optimized roof solution. For example, your house may have a curved roof over the porch and garage and a pyramid roof over the rest of the house for maximum strength.

A combination roof undoubtedly also adds extra architectural interest to your home. Using the best roofing solution atop each section of your home can optimize the whole structure. However, the complexity of a combination obviously lends itself to greater costs for construction. What’s more, when joining together different roofs, it’s important you have a trusted, highly-skilled contractor doing the work, as these areas tend to be the weakest parts of any roof, so they need to be joined and sealed with expert care. That’s where Tim Leeper Roofing comes in. If you are located in or around Nashville and are looking for the most reliable roofing team around, reach out and get your Speedy Fast Quote today.


Now that you have all these great options of roof styles in mind, it’s time to decide which one will be right for your home. Start by deciding which types of roofs you won’t be using; narrow your selection process down as much as possible, and then start considering what your needs are. If you live in a region where snow is common, a higher pitched roof might be more suitable, as it more easily sheds snow. Do you want to maximize extra home space? Maybe you want to go as eco-friendly as possible? After working through these types of considerations, think about the style that you like best. At this point, you should have reached a few options that are best suited to your needs and personal aesthetic.

However, if you still aren’t sure exactly what design style to go for, we’d be glad to help. Call Tim Leeper Roofing and schedule a home roof inspection with us today to help you determine what type of roof would be best for your house.

If you are in Nashville and want to get your new roof installed by the best, reach out to Tim Leeper Roofing and get the high-quality results you’re looking for. We offer both commercial and residential roofing services, including inspections, repair, and replacement. Contact us to learn more!