What is better – single or hip roof for a bungalow?

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I would like to build a bungalow on my property.

I am pondering on the shape of the roof.

A single pitched roof is nothing like a flat roof, but with a slightly sloped roof to allow water to drain better.

In the past, there were almost always problems with flat roofs and their leaks after a few years. How does today's single-pitch roof design differ from a hip roof? Is a hip roof always safer than a single-pitch roof in terms of leaks after 20 or 30 years? Or have mono-pitch roofs become so watertight that they no longer have any disadvantages compared to hipped roofs? 



A single pitch roof is different from a flat roof. The addition has a higher ridge on the outside, allowing light to enter through the windows on the first or second floor. A sloping roof allows for a slope greater than 4 or 8 degrees (<- flat roof).

Due to the described windows, the monoshield house looks more modern than a conventional hip roof.

The design of a single-pitch roof is different from a hip roof.

So what do you want? A single pitched roof or a flat roof?

The roof has to match the house, there is no particular type of roof for the style of country home.


With a lean-to roof, the orientation is more important for any PV you might want (depending on the actual angle of the roof).

Theoretically, you could use all sides of a hipped roof with a flat roof pitch up to 25°.


The ugliest of all roofs.... Always looks like bad asymmetrical 80's inspired postmodern architecture.

  • With a roof like this, the house looks like a garden shed or shed.

In my opinion, the risk of leaks (all other things being equal) is related to the pitch of the roof.

So, whether it's a single pitch or a hip roof, 25° is better (against leaks) than 15°.


In the end, it doesn't matter whether the roof is flat, single-pitch, hip or gable. All modern roofs remain watertight for a very, very long time if done judiciously.


Whether it's a single-pitch or hipped roof, the limit for additional waterproofing is a 22° pitch for most types of shingles. Below this level, additional waterproofing is required. In this case, the slope of a tile roof can be at least 7 °. Below that is a special sealed flat roof.

According to an architect in my family (but also retired), flat roofs are ALWAYS problematic, and she would NEVER build a flat roof.

From my office, I can see our neighbor's roof (a flat roof bungalow built around 1980) where there is always water on the roof. Even if it has been dry for 2 days. Last summer he covered the roof with new asphalt sheets.

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