Popular Residential Roof Designs

The design of your residential roof impacts its look and function, as well as the overall aesthetic of your home’s exterior. That said, most people aren’t well-versed in all of the roof designs available. By learning more about the residential roof designs that could work well for your Colorado home, you can select the perfect choice for your property. 

Residential Roof Designs

Hip Roof

Hip roofs are among the most popular designs for homes today. With four sloped sides that connect at the top to form a ridge, hip roofs are an excellent choice for regions that experience a lot of snow and ice. Since precipitation can easily drain from a hip roof, the risk of ponding and ice dam formation is significantly lower than it is with other roof designs. 

Each side of a hip roof has an eave that hangs over the roof edge. This provides more shade than the average Colorado roof, helping to keep your home cool and making it possible to have a large, shady porch. Plus, since each side of this roof design has an inward pitch, which is considered to provide better stability than basic gabled roofing systems. 

Gable Roof

The gable roof design is the simplest, most commonly-used design in residential roofing. It has two sides that are sloped and meet at the top, creating a ridge. The sides of the roof that don’t have a slope are constructed as two flat walls that run from the base of the home to the peak of the roof ridge. These flat walls are technically called gables, which explains the name of this roof design. 

The simplistic design of a gable roof makes it more affordable and faster to construct than most other root types. Plus, with only two sloped sides, gable roofs allow for a more expansive attic than is afforded by a hip roof. Unfortunately, gable roofs are significantly more vulnerable to high wind damage than hip roofs. Given that many areas of Colorado experience high winds throughout the year, this should be a consideration for homeowners considering a gable roof replacement.

Bonnet Roof

The bonnet roof is a variation of the hip roof. It features four sloped sides that form a ridge at the top, generally with a sharper slope at the top than at the base. What makes bonnet roofs stand apart from other types of roofs is the fact that the roof edge extends past the walls of the home. This provides additional covered outdoor space than is provided by the average porch. With this covered outdoor area, homeowners can enjoy larger porches and patios. The overhang provided by bonnet roofs also gives the design greater wind-resistance.

Clerestory Roof

Clerestory roofs have two sloped sides with a vertical wall positioned in between the two. This vertical wall may contain a long rectangular window or a row of several small windows. This wall with windows is called a clerestory, giving the roof design its name. A clerestory is defined as a high wall, typically far above eye level, that has a row of windows. Clerestories, and clerestory roofs, to specific, were commonly used in Ancient Egyptian architecture for buildings such as temples, palaces, churches, and bathhouses. The windows afford greater natural light and air circulation to the interior of a building without making the interior visible to passerby. These benefits remain in modern applications of the clerestory roof, making the design an option for homeowners looking to go beyond the basic gable or hip roof. 

Butterfly Roof 

Butterfly roofs may not be the most common residential roof design, but they certainly have a place in modern architecture. This roof design turns the gable roof on its head, with two sides that slope downward from the roof edge. This creates a valley around the center of the roof. This design may also be referred to as an inverted pitch roof, and in addition to its striking aesthetic, it creates a single channel through which precipitation can drain. 

If you’re interested in updating the design of your Colorado roof, contact RME today.

What’s Covered During a Roof Inspection?

Professional roof inspections are essential to the long-term well-being of your roofing system. During an inspection, your Colorado roofing experts can identify existing roofing damage, as well as potential roofing issues that you can work to prevent. With regular inspections, you can prolong the lifespan of your roof and avoid the need for roof repairs. 

If you’re looking to schedule a roof inspection, you may be wondering what will be covered during the inspection. Here, we’ll go over the steps of a professional roof inspection and what you can expect as a Colorado homeowner. 

Yearly Roof Inspections

Roof inspections that are completed routinely, rather than after a storm or when damage is suspected, will cover the entirety of your roofing system. This includes both the exterior of your roof and parts of your home’s interior. 

Roof Exterior

Your roof inspector will check the entire exterior of your roof for signs of damage or weakness. The main aspects of the roof include:

  • The roof planes

The roof planes may get uneven or sag over time, eventually requiring repairs.  

  • The soffit and fascia 

The soffit and fascia of your roof support the structure of your roof and need to be checked for damage regularly. 

  • The chimney

Your chimney may develop cracks over time, raising your risk of a roof leak. 

  • The gutters

Your gutter system is necessary for your home’s drainage system. It’s essential to complete gutter repairs as needed to prevent water damage to your roof and home. 

  • Shingles and other roofing materials

Shingles are the outermost layer of your roof, making them the most susceptible to damage. Individual shingles may need to be replaced due to wear and tear. 

Home Interior

To identify certain types of roof damage, such as a roof leak, it’s also necessary to check parts of your home’s interior during a roof inspection. Water damage caused by a roof leak can often be identified inside of your home as mold, water stains, and bubbling or peeling on the walls and/or ceilings. So, during a roof inspection, the inspector will look for these signs of damage. The inspector will also look over your attic, namely the insulation and ventilation. The roof insulation and ventilation are crucial to the energy-efficiency of your home. Damaged or insufficient insulation or ventilation could lead to some types of roof damage, as well as higher energy bills.  

The Importance of Roof Inspections

Now that you understand the components of a Colorado roof inspection, let’s talk about why you shouldn’t put off routine inspections. Roof inspections are an important part of home maintenance because of:

Prevent The Need For Roof Repairs

While roof repairs are, sometimes, inevitable, it’s ideal to prevent them. By preventing damage, rather than repairing damage after it occurs, you can save money and prevent lasting roofing issues. 

Additionally, by properly maintaining your roof with regular roof inspections, you can steer clear of lasting structural damage to your roof. Your inspector will recommend solutions if they notice minor or potential issues. This will give you a chance to nip the problem in the bud, before it gets worse and affects the entire structure of your Colorado roof

Take Advantage of Warranties

If your roof has a warranty, some roof repairs may be covered. This will depend on the cause of the damage and the terms of the warranty. So, to check whether your warranty will cover the cost of the repairs, you should schedule a roof inspection. The inspector can check out the damage and let you know whether or not to file a warranty claim. During a routine roof inspection, the inspector may even catch roof damage covered under the warranty that you weren’t even aware of. 

Protect The Lifespan of Your Roof

Since you can’t typically get a good look at your roof without getting on top of it, it’s very common for roof damage to go unnoticed. Over time, the damage will get worse and start to diminish the lifespan of the roofing system. In this case, you may need a roof replacement sooner than you otherwise would. Keeping up with routine roof inspections is a good strategy to avoid this unnecessary expense.

For Colorado roofing services, contact RME today.

Environmentally-Friendly Roof Options

Making shifts to your home to make it more environmentally-friendly will pay off. Not only will you be helping preserve our environment, but you can also lower your energy bills for monthly savings. Investing in the energy-efficiency of your home is a choice that will continue to pay off as years go by. 

One way that you can reduce your household’s burden on the environment is to invest in an environmentally-friendly roof. Many different eco-friendly roofing options are available, providing you with the opportunity to significantly lower your environmental impact.

If you’re thinking about making the switch to an environmentally-friendly Colorado roof, you’re in the right place. This article will cover the various types of eco-friendly roofing materials, as well as the benefits of environmentally sound roofing. 

Types of Environmentally-Friendly Roofing Materials

Reclaimed Title

One of the excellent benefits of slate and clay roofing is that it lasts for so long that it can be repurposed for new roofing systems. Both slate and clay can last for as long as a century. So, you can have your new Colorado roof constructed of slate or clay from an old roof. Repurposed slate or clay tile will still give you a long-lasting roof, with the added benefit of reducing landfill waste. Opting for repurposed roofing also cuts down on the amount of energy expended during the manufacturing of new roofing materials. 

Slate and clay tile are both attractive, weather-resistant roofing materials. These roofing materials work well in the Colorado climate and provide aesthetic appeal for your home. 


As far as environmentally-friendly roofing materials go, metal is one of the most practical and affordable options available. Metal roofing can be recycled, allowing for less landfill waste and emissions from the roof material manufacturing process. In addition to having your metal roof recycled when it’s reached the end of its lifespan, you can choose to have a roof constructed from recycled metal. 

For Colorado homeowners, metal offers durability in many different weather conditions, including snowstorms. It’s also longer-lasting than asphalt roofing and more affordable than slate or clay tile. 


Wood may not be the first material that comes to mind when you think about a durable roofing system. But, cedar wood can be a smart choice of roofing material for environmentally-conscious homeowners. It’s entirely organic, meaning that no pollution results from the production of cedar wood roofing. It’s also recyclable and biodegradable, so you won’t have to worry about a discarded cedar wood roof contributing to landfill waste. 

Cedar wood has a beautiful, unique look. It will make your Denver roof stand apart from the rest. Additionally, it has natural insulative properties, so a cedar wood roof can even boost the energy-efficiency of your home’s HVAC system. 

Recycled Shingles

Recycled shingles that are made from a combination of materials, like plastic, rubber, or wood, are also available for eco-friendly roofing systems. Recycled roof shingles repurpose waste from various applications, ultimately cutting down on the amount of waste that goes to landfills. 

The Benefits of Environmentally-Friendly Roofing

Environmentally-friendly roofing will benefit both you and the health of our planet. Here’s how:

Roof Savings

Colorado roof installation can be expensive. Many homeowners look for creative ways to cut down on costs and bring a new roof within budget. Recycled and repurposed roofing materials are generally more affordable than brand-new materials. With a recycled roof, you can gain strength, durability, and longevity without the expense of roofing materials that have come straight from the manufacturer. 

Lower Energy Bills

Environmentally-friendly roofing systems can also improve the energy-efficiency of your home. Greater efficiency of your home’s HVAC system benefits both the environment and your monthly budget, as it will reduce your home’s energy bills. 

Less Waste Going To Landfills

We’ve already mentioned this benefit, but it’s worth emphasizing. Recycled and repurposed roofing materials cut down on the amount of waste that goes to landfills. Landfill waste is detrimental to our environment and reducing it will help preserve the health of our planet. 

Contact Rocky Mountain Enterprises today to learn more about eco-friendly materials for your Denver roof replacement.