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3 Things To Consider When Choosing Materials For A Hipped Garage Roof

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Hipped garage roofs improve upon the classic lines of a gable roof with two extra sides and better weight distribution. A hipped roof does well in the elements and adds extra storage space to the top section of your garage. Like any roof shape, a hipped roof has cons alongside the pros. If your garage has a hipped roof in need of replacement, there are a few considerations to keep in mind while choosing materials with a roofing contractor.  

Larger Surface Area

A hipped roof has four equal sides that have a moderate slope up to the peak. The design makes for a lot of surface area and most of that area is visible to someone standing on your property and looking at the garage. So you need to balance attractiveness and your budget when considering the best material for a hipped roof garage.

If budget is your primary concern, consider asphalt shingles. Asphalt combines light weight, low price, low maintenance, and some design flexibility. The asphalt shingles can be made to resemble slate or wood to a degree that looks convincing from far away but perhaps less so when standing close to the roof. The main downside is that the asphalt shingles can be torn off the roof under high winds.

Attractiveness more of a priority than budget? Consider slate tiles, which are highly durable, elegant, and can be laid in a variety of patterns.


One of the toughest parts of roofing is keeping the underlayment protected from moisture, which could then seep into your garage and cause water damage. Roof shapes with few sharp corners, such as the gambrel or the gable, are easier to waterproof. The numerous connecting corners and the peak on a hipped roof can pose more of a challenge.

There are two main ways a roofer can deal with the issue. If you are game for an all-metal roof, the material can be used all over the roof and cut and bent around the corners for waterproofing. Prefer the look of another roofing material? Your roofer can install metal flashing around the waterproofing-impaired areas and then install your main material over the flashing.

Note that any protruding windows or dormers will also need to be waterproofed around the edges that connect with the main roof. The same is true if your garage has any vent pipes or other protrusions sticking out of the top areas of the roof.