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Is a hip roof stronger than a gable roof?
Saturday, February 29, 2020
A hip roof slopes inward on all sides. It is stronger than a gable roof in hurricane resistance because it doesn’t have a triangular gable end wall that often fails under the pressure of high winds. Also, hip roofs are self-bracing. Shown below is the recommended bracing for gable ends, which makes them somewhat sturdier.
Because a hip roof is more storm-resistant, a home in Florida qualifies for a discount on the windstorm section of their homeowner’s insurance when at least 90% of the roof perimeter is a hip shape.
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