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What is a Hip Roof? Best Roofing Material for Hipped Roofs

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What is a Hip Roof?

Among different types of roof shapes and materials which roof is the best for your structure? Hipped roof, gable roof, flat roof or modern roof styles cannot be constructed on all structures and with all kinds of roof materials.

hipped roof

Hipped roof (hip roof) designs are more popular in some part of Europe & North America or traditional structures – villages, cottages, farmlands, churches, etc.

In this article, we will discuss the application, advantages and disadvantages of FIP roofs and compare it with a sloped roof.

What is a hipped roof?

What is a hipped roof?

Generally hip is the word used to a roof slope with an angle. It is also used for women as they have hips.

As you know, the ridge is a horizontal line that connects upper part of the roof in length and covers it at highest point. It is where the hips start. They are the roof slopes that extends all the way down from the ridge to the walls.



Advantages & Disadvantages of Hip roof

Hipped roofs are different in designs and styles and they are not normal roofs like flats and gables. Their benefits are more than other roofing structural shapes. Here are the pros & cons of buying or building hipped roofs:








  • More Stable – due to more slopes and rafters, hipped roofs are more stable in high winds & heavy snowfall.



  • Proper drainage System – the slopes of hip roofs funnel water off into the gutters. The four-way slopes in hipped roofs make it much easier for water and snow to run off down the roof.



  • Aesthetics appeal – with more angles and shapes, hip roofs can boost your building‘s appeal. It also gives the opportunity to make vaulted ceilings inside the home.


  • More fresh air – slopes help the roof ventilation better. As in hip roofs there are multiple slopes and steeps, it can reduce the humidity and heat or even cold, and make a better atmosphere for the entire buildings.




  • More expensive – building hip roofs cost more than gable and flat roofing structures. More labor and materials used in them plus overall complexity of the designs are the main reason for higher cost of the hipped roofs.


  • Leaks – Due to multiple slopes and ridges in hip roofs, you may face with more water penetration, too. This happens more in hipped roofs than flat or gable roofs. Owners need to use waterproof sheets and we suggest UPVC roof tiles – due to their proper overlapping features – they ensure excellent sealing as well as efficient flashing and other safeguards.


  • Less attic space – hip roofs are normally built with slopes less than 30 degrees. Their diagonal bracing also takes up more space compared to flat and gable roofs. These 2 factors reduce the attic storage in hipped roof styles.



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Hip roof Vs Gable roof

Gable roof


                                      Hip roof



The obvious Difference between hip roofs and gables is the slopes. Although hipped roofs are more complex to construct, but they are more reliable when exposed in high winds and snow. This complexity and diverse types of roofing requires more construction materials and therefore the cost of the roofs goes higher in hip roofing.



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Different Types of Hipped Roof design


Simple (regular hip roof)

  • Simple (regular hip roof)



This type is the most common one among other types of hip roofs. The longer sides of the roof have a trapezoidal shape. But the hip end – which are front and back sides – have a triangular shape.


  • Pyramid

It consists of 4 equal triangular sides. They extend up to a singular point at the top of the roof. They are often seen in gazebos and pavilion buildings.


  • Cross-hipped

Cross hip roof can bring 2 hipped roof buildings together. They meet at their ends and create a seam / valley or a cross-hip shape.




  • Half hipped roof (Jerkinhead)


 • Half hipped roof (Jerkinhead)

2 sides of this style are shortened so that they can create eaves. This variation can place a gutter that can take care of drainage system better.

  • Dutch gable


This is a combination of a gable and a hipped roof design. This hip style allows for more internal and attic space. By increasing the aesthetic appeal of the building, turns it into more interesting and a unique roof design.



Cheap roofing material for a hipped roof

You do not have to choose some low-quality roof materials in order for your roof to be more cost-effective or cheap. With the advancement of technology, we see the creation of lighter and newer models of roof construction buildings.

Roof tiles are one of the kinds. Materials often used for hip roofs are: asphalt, slates, shingles and uPVC roof tiles.




Why are uPVC Roof Sheets the best Material for Hipped Roof Designs?

As we mentioned above, one of the drawbacks of hipped roofs is Leakage. This is a serious issue. Whether you are dealing with a human, animal or goods under the roof, when it comes to roof leaks, Concerns arise. Now, how does upvc roof tiles resolve water penetration of your roof?

UPVC roof and wall cladding stands for Un-plasticized poly vinyl chloride which is a strong flexible sheet. Due to their excellent overlapping can do sealing job perfectly. They have centimeter wave that can prevent from any water absorption.  This is very helpful in winter or any region that rains much.

They are useful for hot weather too – as they do not need any additional thermal insulator. They are energy-efficient and lowers the cost of purchasing and maintaining the roof greatly.

Sepidfam Varna uPVC color coated roof sheets

Sepidfam Varna uPVC color coated roof sheets

UPVC Roofing Sheets Specifications & Advantages

UPVC Roofing Sheets Specifications & Advantages


Sepidfam Varna uPVC roof production


UPVC roof sheets have some good features that make them an ideal choice for hip roof and curved roof designs – as well as gable and flat roofs. (As it is a versatile roof):



Excellent features of UPVC roofing sheets as the best material for hipped roofs:


  • Lightweight this means less price to pay & buy more sheets.
  • Easy installation easy and quick installation can save time and lower the price of the roof.
  • Low-maintenance during the lifespan of upvc roofs which is 40-50 years, you barley go through the repairing process.
  • Anti-corrosion corrosion and rust do not penetrate upvc roofs due to their durable coatings which can be used in very heavy rain and snow.
  • Extremely durable – These tiles can resist very well against harsh weather – very hot or very cold.
  • Non-combustible & self-extinguishing They do not catch fire and prevent the spread of fire.
  • Sound proof There is no more noise caused by rain& hail hitting the hip roof.
  • Excellent thermal insulation Due to low thermal coefficient in upvc roof panels, there will be no expansion & contraction in these tiles – unlike galvanized metal roofs.
  • Anti – UV Polyurethane coating on UPVC surface prevents the harmful solar rays to hit the roofs. This can extend the lifespan and maintain the color of your hipped roofs for many years.



About us – Sepidfam varna

We are the first UPVC roof and wall manufacturer and distributor in Iran. Our products are manufactured with high quality raw materials that ensure a life expectancy of at least 40 years to every homeowner.

Trapezoidal UPVC sheets, Onduvilla, Slates, UPVC Eco-panels, etc. are just some of our products which are offered with economical prices and easy delivery across the world.

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  1. What is the main difference between a gable roof and a hip roof?

All sides of hipped roof designs slope downward toward the walls. But in gable roofs only 2 sides of slopes come downward from peak of the ridge down to the roof’s eaves.




  1. What is the best roof shape for high winds?

In general, multiple roof slopes can withstand more pressure in storms and heavy rain/snow than gable roofs. Due to the design of hipped roofs which have 4 slopes, they are more stable and resistant to hurricane – compared to gable roofs.


  1. What are the best roofing materials for hipped roofs?

The most cost-effective material for hip roofing styles are terracotta and UPVC tiles. Since uPVC sheets are great insulators, they are the most energy-efficient roofs that last up to 50 years and require almost no maintenance.


  1. Hip roofs are cheaper or gable roofs?

Gable roofs are less expensive than hip roofs. That is because of the more complex designs of hipped roofs and hence more materials used in roof sidings.

  1. What is the best pitch for a hip roof?

Optimum pitch for a hip roof is 4:12 or 30 degrees.


  1. How much is the cost of hip roofing?

In order to build a hip roof you need to pay somewhere between $25,000 and $45,000. Of course the price depends on models, variations & materials.


  1. How can you make your hip roof less expensive?

If you are searching for a cheap, lightweight and durable roof material that can last about 40 to 50 years, undoubtedly, it will be uPVC roof sheet.