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Does it cost more to roof a hip roof than a gable roof?
Friday, July 27, 2018
Yes, it costs more to frame a hip roof, more to sheath it, and more to install the roofing. The additional cost is mostly in labor, due to the hip ridges that run to the corners of the roof. The surfaces of a gable roof are simple rectangles, but a hip roof is triangles and trapezoids. More cutting and fitting is required.
The primary benefit of a hip roof in Florida is hurricane resistance. The two ends of a gable are vertical triangles that a prone to collapse in high winds if not braced properly. A hip roof, with all sides sloped inwards, does not have a surface for the wind to push against. Windstorm insurance rates for a home with a hip roof are significantly cheaper than a similar home with a gable roof because of the storm-resistant feature.
Also, see our blog post Why are most roofs slanted instead of flat?
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