What is a hip roof? The pros and cons of this roof type explained

detached house with hip roof with rooflights
(Image credit: BC Design)

A hip roof is an excellent choice for all kinds of house styles, looking just as at home on a contemporary property as it does on something more traditional in form. For this reason, along with their many other benefits, hip roofs are incredibly popular.

When it comes to types of roof, it can be tricky to get to grips with the many different designs out there, what they can offer you and exactly what they look like. 

  • Reduced risk of water ingress thanks to sloping faces on all sides — there's nowhere for water or snow to sit.
  • Brilliant wind resistance. They are great in exposed areas as there are no flat surfaces to 'catch' the wind, which can cause damage.
  • Stable construction due to being 'self-bracing' (thanks to all four sides sloping towards the centre). 
  • Great drainage possibilities as not only do all the faces slope down and towards the ground, but gutters can also be be fitted on all four sides.  
  • Easily adapted to suit all house styles from super contemporary to classic and traditional.
Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.