roof types Kentucky


Whether you need a new roof for your existing home or you’re building a brand-new house, it’s essential to choose a quality roof. A roof offers far more than just protection for your home. It has the potential to affect energy efficiency, overall space, and light throughout the home. You also want to consider the overall style the roof will bring to the home when making your decision.

At Unisource Roofing we build the strongest roofs in the industry. We strip the old felt off your deck, remove all nails to minimize future nail pops, then inspect your deck for rotten wood before we install your new felt. When installing your new shingles, we add WinterGuard in all valleys and around all pipes and potential leak areas like chimneys and skylights. These extra steps are not standard but are our way of going the extra mile to minimize the chance of a leak. The best roofs are from the CertainTeed Corporation and installed by Unisource Roofing.

Here are some examples of common roofs in the Kentucky area.

The Hip / Hip and Valley Roof

An excellent type of roof to discuss with your roofing contractor is a hip roof, which slopes on all sides. The sides are the same length, and at the top, they come together, forming a ridge. This type of roof is more stable than the gable roof, mentioned below, so they work well in areas that are snowy and areas that get high winds. In the Kentucky high wind regions, this is an excellent roofing system to choose from. These roofs also offer plenty of ventilation, the ability to include additions, and extra living space.

hip roof kentucky

Hip / Hip and Valley Construction Style

The hip roof has four sides and is always slopped on each side. The sides are of equal length and meet at the top of the rooftop form the ridge of the home. The hip and valley home is constructed very similarly to the hip roof and falls into the Louisville common roof types as well. There are fifteen roofs that would be fairly common in the Kentucky area for various reasons however we will concentrate on these roofing systems which are most common in Louisville and Shelbyville.

A common hip and valley roof would have an L shape to it that creates a valley, and this is where the name hip and valley comes in. The hip roof would be considered a better roof type by some Louisville roofer since there are no valleys to contend with. The construction of a valley with roofing materials leads to a little more complex roofing job. The valley in a hip and valley roof also leaves a chance for a roof leak and a need for roof repair if not constructed properly. The proper way to build a valley would be to start first by making sure all nails and debris have been removed. The first product to put on your roof building a valley is called ice and water shield. The CertainTeed Corporation makes a product called WinterGuard that Unisource Roofing uses daily on all homes reroofed in Louisville and Shelbyville.

Pros and Cons of Hip Roof

Hip roofs are a very stable roofing system due to the inward slope of all sides of the roof. This makes the hip roof excellent in high wind and heavy snow areas. Hip roofs also offer some extra living area for a vaulted ceiling and attic room. The hip roof allows for good attic ventilation which is critical for a long roof life along with making additions like dormers and crow’s nests easier. I would recommend no less than a 4/12 pitch for roof warranty reasons and my personal favorite is a 7/12 which gives better attic room and is easier to reroof and doing roof repairs.

The Gable Roofing System

One of the most popular and best roof options for a Shelbyville home is the gable roof, which is often called the peaked or pitched roof. They have a triangular shape and offer many benefits. They shed both snow and water easily, provide great ventilation, and they offer plenty of space for vaulted ceilings or a full attic. Since they have a simple design, they are cheap and easy to build, which can save you money.

We have roofed many gable roofs in Louisville and Shelbyville and one reason stands out, the gable roof is simple. You can recognize a gable roof quickly by its triangle shape. Gable roofs shed water easily and quickly as well as snow for more snowy regions. The simple design makes the gable roof cheaper and easier to build. You can roof a gable style home with practically any roofing material. The simple design makes the gable roof great for asphalt shingles, metal, standing seam, slate, and a host of other roofing materials. A true gable roof with standing seam metal would just about guarantee no leaks.

Different Styles of Gable Roofs

There are several different styles of gable roofs. You have the side gable, crossed gable, front gable, and Dutch gable as most popular gable roofs. In Louisville, the Dutch gable is a very popular roofing style. A Dutch gable is a cross between a hip and gable roof.

gable roofs explained

cross gable roof

Basically, a gable roof is placed at the top of a hip roof to add more room as well as making a cleaner look. Front gable roofs are normally placed at the entrance of the house. This type of roof is seen in a colonial-style house. The crossed gable roof is also very popular in Louisville through the Shelbyville areas. To explain the crossed gable roof, it is where two gable roofs are put together at right angles. The two ridges are perpendicular to each other. The lengths, pitches, and heights may or may not be the same. The first image on this page is a crossed gable roof.

Cons to The Gable Roof

With all the pros to a gable roof, you might think it is the perfect roof for your Louisville home. There are however some negatives to the gable roof. The gable roof can be problematic in high wind areas. In Louisville and Shelbyville hurricane-strength winds are a yearly threat. With such a wind threat you need to make sure your gable roof is constructed with proper supports. Make sure your contractor uses hurricane clips throughout the construction. If the overhang is too long, high winds can create an uplift underneath and literally cause the roof to detach from the walls.

The Mansard Roofing System

mansard roof KentuckyOften referred to as a French roof, the mansard roof is four-sided and has a double slope on every side that comes together to create a low-pitched roof. Talk to your local trusted roofer and you’ll find that these roofs offer plenty of additional living space, which can be used for extra living quarters or a full attic. They also offer you the flexibility to easily make additions to your home in the future, which is helpful if your needs for the home change or you want to add some value to your home. While these roofs may cost a bit more, the additional space they offer, as well as their unique style, is well worth the cost. The additional living space provided by this roofing system is one reason you will see it on so many Louisville and Shelbyville apartment buildings.

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