Whether you’re an aspiring or an existing homeowner, you definitely want nothing but the best for your Calgary AB property. Hence, it’s important to really get to know the different roof types so that you don’t get to end up with the wrong one.

Roofing doesn’t work as a one-size-fits-all template. There are very personal considerations that you need to include in your decision-making process. And since this is a critical stage, you need professional guidance. Otherwise, your roofing may fall short of your expectations or lead to more alarming issues later on.

(Just think about the inconvenience of having a faulty or mismatched roof — not to mention the financial demands involved.)

We don’t want this to happen to anyone. Furthermore, we believe that everyone deserves to enjoy their roofing for a long time. It is one of the most valuable investments to make in this lifetime. Thus, you should make it count by coming up with the best roofing decisions (that include your roof shape and type).

Related: Calgary AB Homeowner’s Guide: The Roof Installation Process

In today’s blog post, let’s talk about what roof types you should consider this 2019. Do you want to go for a traditional look? Or are you eyeing for a more non-conventional choice?

A collage of many pictures with fragments of various types of roofing.

What roof types can you associate your personal style to? Something more traditional or a minimalist design? Your choices are endless.

It’s vital that you get to sit down and understand what roof types deserve to be part of your list and why.

Let’s begin by knowing the things to consider when you’re in the process of picking the roof types.

3 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Roof Type

These are some of the questions that you need to ask and answer if you want to find the best roof types. Make sure you make time for these and that you discuss them with a roofing professional. Experts can give you the right industry-based suggestions and recommendations.

What design and shape do I want?

Your vision as a homeowner is very important. However, did you know that there are more than 20 roof types to choose from? It can get overwhelming, to be honest.

So now, how do you handpick the right type and shape for your Calgary AB home?

For starters, you need to identify if you want a pitched roof or a flat roof. Think of it like a crossroad.  Once you’ve chosen a path, it’s going to lead you closer to your destination.

(Later on, in this blog post, you’ll learn about the most popular roof types according to their shape.)

Do I want to go for a traditional roofing system or not? (And why?)

Roofing systems are also extremely crucial. It’s what your roof is going to be made of. While most roofing systems are durable, they still differ in terms of performance, qualities, advantages, and downsides. Hence, you need to carefully look into each and every option you have.

Similar to the first point, it’s like a crossroad again this time around. Either you go for traditional roofing systems or be open to non-conventional and more modern materials. Here are some examples:

Choosing a roofing system entails careful deliberation because some materials may perform better in certain climate and weather conditions. Some may not. It all depends on the composition of the material and, of course, the quality.

Which roofing company should build my roof?

The roofing company is also part of the equation because you have to make sure that you’re working with a trusted and experienced group. The roofing contractor should have the right equipment, expertise, and specialization.

Investing on your roof also mean investing in the group of people who will build it. Regardless of what roof type you choose, if you fail to hire a licensed local roofing contractor with the right skills, you cannot expect excellent results.

4 Most Popular Roof Types

As we’ve mentioned above, there are many variations where you are constructing a roof. If you are still in the planning stage, here are the top 4 basic roof types and designs to consider:

Pitched Roof

If you are looking for classic residential roof types, go ahead and choose among the variations under this category.

Here are some popular options that you can find under the pitched roof segment:

  • Gable Roof – an inverted V-shaped roof that’s common in single-story houses.
  • Hip Roof – a roof that has four equal sides. The sides meet at the corners to form a ridge. It is also pretty common among residential properties.
  • Half-Hipped Roof – this is a combined gable and hip roof which only goes to show that there are many different variations that you can create out of pitched roof designs.
modern cozy clinker house on the ponds with garage and pool

If you’ll notice, the pitched roof shape is quite classic but with the overall design, there’s a whole new modern twist to it.

Mono-Pitched Roof

Coming from its name, you’ll notice that it does have a single pitch. Mono-pitched roofs are also called skillion roofs. Most roofing contractors recommend this for structures that are adjacent to walls like in row housing units that are built side by side.

Some homeowners also build a skillion roof if they are going for a modern contemporary look. They also like it because it’s relatively easy to build and cost-effective at the same time.

Curved Roof

Any roof that has a cylindrical shape falls under what we call a curved roof. Most of the time, you’ll find these roof types in commercial structures but it can also be for residential use.

Curved roofs are highly stylish. You really do need a good design to make them stand out. Aside from being unique, they also contribute to a cooler indoors because the irregular shape can help receive less direct sunlight.

Flat Roof

Flat roofs are not entirely flat. They have slight pitches that are responsible for draining water.

Luxurious new construction home

Some people may think that flat roofs are simple and straightforward. However, this is not already true. For instance, in this photo, you’ll notice how the overall theme made the flat roof seem very cozy and luxurious.

Some people are indifferent with the idea of building one because it’s mostly for commercial and industrial use. However, modern residential designs are now incorporated with flat roofs. Furthermore, they are very cost-efficient and functional.

Popular flat roofing systems include single-ply membranes. These are known to be waterproof, lightweight, and durable. You have PVC, rubber, TPO, and more.

Next Read: 2019 Roofing Guide: How Much Is A New Roof?


There are so many roof types available today that it can get confusing. If you don’t know where to start, perhaps you can go back to the top 3 questions that we addressed in this blog post.

You can proceed by identifying what shape would suit your personality and the overall design that you are aiming for. Basically, there are no rules but there are guidelines to help maximize your roofing investments.

If you have yet to find a dependable Calgary AB roofer with decades of experience in handling roofing work, let No Payne Roofing Inc. make your dream roofing a reality. We can recommend roof types that are not only beautiful to look at but are also functional, durable, and cost-efficient. Our team can also assist you if you need financing assistance. Dial this number to know more: 587 315 6811.