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Pyramid Hip Roof

There are several types
of hipped or hip roofs. A normal hipped roof is built over a
rectangular structure and features a ridge across the uppermost
portion of the roof. If there is no ridge, such that all four sloping
roof surfaces meet at a single point, the roof is a
pyramid hip.

Three other conditions
for a typical pyramid hip are four triangular surfaces, eaves of the
same length, and a square base. Pyramid roofs may
also have three or more triangular surfaces. A particularly
interesting pyramid hipped roof is octagonal, with eight sides.
Another term for pyramid hipped roof is a pavilion-hipped
roof.

Typically used on
smaller buildings such as a garage or pool house, the pyramid hipped
roof was the typical type that was used on the American Foursquare
house style that was popular from 1890 to 1930. This particular house
style was also known as a box house, cube or square style.

Developed as a
departure from the much more elaborate late Victorian style, the
Foursquare was known for its simplicity and honesty. Other
architectural styles that utilized pyramid hip roofs include log
cabins, Italianate and classic American bungalows. A definite design
advantage of the symmetrical pyramid hip roof is that it is just as
striking from all angles.

A contemporary
application of the pyramid hipped roof design is being utilized in
tropical countries where hurricane resistant roofs make all the
difference to the survival of a structure in high winds.
Interestingly, these structures—called hip hales—are
being constructed mainly with bamboo, which is indigenous to the
tropical landscape and sustainable.

If you have questions about building a pyramid hip roof or want a free estimate on having one built for you, find a local roofing contractor.

Known for their striking and aesthetically pleasing appearance, pyramid hip roofs are commonly found on log cabins, Italian and classic American bungalows. While they may be harder and more expensive to install than other styles of roofing, many homeowners feel the costs are more than worth it. Here is some more information to get you started.

Costs

Because the pyramid hip roof requires more materials to cover a larger surface area, the cost of extra shingles and labor will drive the price up. You should get a few price quotes for a better idea.

Pros

Pyramid hip roofs have an aerodynamic shape, which means they won’t be easily damaged by high winds.

They have overhanging eaves that provide shade for the building.

Pyramid hip roofs have a very distinctive and beautiful look.

Cons

They don’t allow for substantial attic space in a home.

Pyramid hip roofs don’t always encourage as much water run-off as a gable roof.

Pyramid hip roofs tend to be more expensive to install and repair than other types of roofs.

Durability

Just like regular hip roofs, pyramid hip roofs are very durable and excellent for withstanding high winds and hurricane-like conditions.

Maintenance

Pyramid hip roofs are considered a special type of roof and do require extra materials for both installation and repair. Labor may be expensive should you need to replace parts of your pyramid hip roof.

Common Questions and Answers

What is the difference between a regular hip roof and a pyramid hip roof?

A normal hipped roof is built over a rectangular structure and features a ridge across the uppermost portion of the roof. If there is no ridge, such that all four sloping surfaces meet at a single point, then the roof is a pyramid hip.

Are there other conditions that must be met for a roof to be considered a pyramid hip?

Yes, there are three other conditions for a typical pyramid hip: four triangular surfaces, eaves of the same length and a square base. Pyramid roofs may also have three or more triangular surfaces. A particularly interesting pyramid hipped roof is octagon

History

Pyramid hip roofs came onto the scene with the American Foursquare house style popular from 1890-1930. It is now typically used on smaller buildings such as a garage or pool house.

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