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06:20PM | 05/13/04
Member Since: 05/12/04
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I'm designing a new home on a tight budget and looking for ways to save. Is a Gable roof less expensive to build than a hip? why? How much less? W/ either roof I plan on having several dormers off the front and back.

THANKS, jeffry1


02:31AM | 05/14/04
Member Since: 01/14/03
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I can't attest to the cost differential between the two, but the gable roof will be easier to construct, and regarding traditional architecture, it lends itself more to the addition of dormers than the hip roof.


06:21AM | 05/14/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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A hip style roof has greater surface area and requires more complex framing with compound miter cuts. Higher costs result from a greater level of skill to build, larger framing lumber, inability to use pre-fabricated trusses, and a generally higher cost for roofing materials (sheeting and roofing) than siding used on a gable end.

Thats the facts on cost, Gable roofs have a simpler construction and appearance, lower cost, and are more prevalent on production housing.


10:49AM | 02/02/08
Member Since: 02/01/08
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The surface area for a house with a hip or gable roof is exactly the same. I think that labor (and, perhaps, know-how) is the only big cost difference.


08:05PM | 06/09/11
Member Since: 06/07/11
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goods site for pricing is it compares prices for you


11:41PM | 06/10/11
Member Since: 03/24/08
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While I realize that cost is a big factor here, also consider how the roof style blends with your overall architecture. You don't want to have a roof that stands out in a negative way. Are you using an architect? If not, perhaps find one who could give your plan a quick review to see which fits better.


03:55PM | 05/05/13
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09:16AM | 07/19/13
Check with you insurance company to see if there's a rate reduction for hip versus gable. Short term a gable roof may be less expensive, but long term it may be more expensive. Architect in Kentucky

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