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One of the choices facing buyers of newly constructed housing is what type of roof to install on their home. There are several types, and each has its benefits and disadvantages. One type of roof is called a hip roof. This roof type has four planes with a common ridge. Homeowners who are considering one should consult an experienced Fort Worth roofing contractor to see if it is right for their home.

There are several advantages to choosing a hip roof. Since they do not have valleys, they are less likely to leak than more complicated roof designs. This means that the attic insulation is much more likely to stay dry and function properly.

A hip roof performs very well in high winds as well. Its aerodynamic qualities and shorter eaves prevent uplift and help give the home great stability during high wind events. This makes them a much better choice than a traditional gabled roofing because they are less likely to blow off or to collapse during a severe thunderstorm or tornado.

The perimeter of a hip roof gives it a greater surface area for soffit ventilation, which allows it to stay cooler.

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This prevents many types of roofing problems, such as ice dams and premature aging of asphalt shingles. In addition to promoting proper ventilation, the simple lines of a hip roof make it easy for its gutter system to carry water effectively away from the home and helps eliminate the potential for leaks and other problems typically associated with faulty gutters.

Solar shingles, as well as solar panels, function at peak capacity when installed on a south-facing slope. Since a hip roof has four planes, the home's orientation does not alter its ability to use solar energy. In fact, with its four planes, a home with a hip roof can have solar shingles installed on both the west and south-facing slopes, maximizing its ability to harvest the sun's energy all year long.

There are also disadvantages to choosing a hip roof, however. They initially cost more money to install, and because they have four planes, the trusses that support the roof are more complicated to build and require labor that is more intensive. Additionally, more roofing materials are needed to cover the extra two slopes. The structure of a hip roof also limits the amount of attic space available. Because of this, homeowners who want to use the attic as storage or to convert it to extra living space should not choose a hip roof.

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