Uncommon House Roof Types

Uncommon House Roof Types

Building Materials Roofing

You might be designing a new home and investigating alternative and uncommon roof types. Many people are not aware there are there are quiet a few alternative shapes and materials that can be used for new roof construction.

New Roof Construction

Before we move onto our uncommon roofs, lets look at what some common roof types are:

  • Flat Roofs
  • Skillion Roofs
  • Hip / Gable Roofs
  • Butterfly Roofs
  • Terracotta Roof Tiles
  • Cement Roof Tiles
  • Metal & Colorbond

Related: See this article from Pivot Custom Homes in Geelong for more details on common house roof types.

Circular Roofs

This is a general group of roofs that basically describes options with rounded cross sections. A great example would be the barrel roofs commonly used in warehouses and farm barns. Other popular options include dome, bow, and bell roofs. They are ideal with rustic farmhouse architectural designs.

Circle House Roof
A Circular Roof Skylight


  • They offer plenty of space for insulation and are therefore energy efficient.
  • They are ideal if you need space for an attic.
  • They have great drainage and are therefore very easy to maintain.


  • The specialized nature makes them more expensive to install.
  • They do not merge well with most neighborhood surroundings.
  • –          They are relatively weaker in the wind compared to other roof shapes
Wooden Timber Roof Material
Timber Roof Tiles


It takes a very particular style of home to pull off an all-wood roof. It goes without saying that cabin-style homes are the best for this type of roofing material. The problem, however, with this type of roofing material is the fact that it does not exactly blend in well with other home designs, especially in a neighborhood setting. However, if you are actually planning on building a cabin in the woods or live in a neighborhood with lax uniformity regulations then wood truly is a great option.


  • Energy-efficient and a natural insulator.
  • Stands up well against wind and weather.


  • A relative fire hazard compared to other roof types.
  • More vulnerable to moisture and insect damage.
Asphalt Shingle House Roof

Fiberglass / Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt is among the most popular materials when it comes to residential roofing. The main reason for this is the fact that they are the most economical choice while still providing great aesthetic and functional value for the money spent. They are also versatile and dynamic: With just a change in color, design, or shape you can have a very unique home.


  • Affordable and easy to install.
  • Light weight.
  • Versatile in style.


  • Not particularly eco-friendly.
  • Not as long-lasting and durable as other roof materials.

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