Choosing the Correct Roof Style

When building a new home or re-modeling an older one, there is often the question of what type and shape of a roof to install. Many times this depends on the overall architectural design and the surrounding neighborhood. Depending on the style of, the type of materials to be used to construct or solidify can vary in terms of cost and functionality and whether or not you may be able to use something like TPO or another EPDM membrane system.

Roofs include:


• Multi-shaped roofs 

• Circular roofs

• Many pitched roofs

Multi-Shaped Roofs

Multi-shaped roofs are what gives a home the overall-design that best suits its location and desired appeal. The type selected depends on the region, climate, neighborhood, architectural design and other things that will create a roof that provides an overall appeal and enhances the ‘look’ the owner wishes to present.

It is the roof’s design that determines its shape and materials. Roof detailing and installation are critical when putting in this type of roof. This requires a highly talented roof contractor who is experienced in the field of roof design construction. 

Circular Roofs

Circular roofs are classified as:

• Conical

• Bochka

• Domed

• Imperial

• Bell Roof

At one time the only type of circular roof that came to mind was over a silo used for storing corn or wheat. Currently, architectural styles allow this type of roof to extend over part of a home or over the entire area giving an outstanding look. 

The Imperial or Domed version is often found in buildings in the Far East. Over the years this concept has extended to beautiful buildings with outstanding architectural designs where only part of the roof is domed. When this type of roof is considered, the importance of a building contractor who is familiar with all types of roof designs cannot be over-emphasized. 

Pitched Roofs

This type of roof is extremely popular with people who want an outstanding look to their home. It can be:

• Gabled – the roof slopes around a triangular part of the end wall 
• Hipped – a joint between two different slopes of a roof 

• Mansard – provides for additional living space under the roof

Pitched roofs include things such as verges, abutments, eaves (horizontal joints) and other features which makes it extremely important that the roofing contractor selected is familiar with this type of construction. They will be able to install the correct membrane, flashing and other materials that will insure a lasting and beautiful addition to your home.

It is important that any roof installation is properly done with the most appropriate materials selected. This requires the skills of personnel who are highly trained in the trade. They will not only make suggestions for the right kind of roofing available but will offer a wide selection of prices and warranties. 

To be a roofing contractor a 3-year apprenticeship is required prior to being licensed. This allows them to install the frame of a roof including rafters, beams and trusses as well as the weather proofing and application of roofing materials. Using an architect’s blue prints, they are able to install the roof of your choice.

At Capital Roofing we are proud of our reputation for excellent work in the state of Connecticut. If you have a roof that needs repair or are thinking of putting on a new one, give us a call at 866-784-5300 or fill out the form on the top-right of this page or at and we will be happy to send someone to give you a free estimate.