10 Unique Roof Ideas You Didn’t Know Existed

Posted 31st March 2022

When you think of the word roof, most people would associate the term with the triangular structure which sits on top of houses. However, there is a range of different roof styles which can totally transform the exterior styling of your home as well as provide additional benefits. We’ve hand-selected our top 10 most unique roof styles to give you some inspiration.

Parapet Roof

A parapet roof is defined as the extension of a wall where it meets the roof (or other structures such as balconies). Whilst a parapet roof can serve as a safety feature (to prevent falls from the edge of a roof), it can also serve an aesthetic purpose; adding a modern edge to the exterior styling of your home.

Butterfly Roof

The formal name for a butterfly roof is an inverted pitch roof; replicating the wings of a butterfly with two pieces of roofing angled to form a v-shape. Like a parapet, it’s a great way to add a modern flair to your building, whilst allowing larger walls and windows thus creating more space as well as allowing more light in. It’s also a good way of collecting rainwater too.

Clerestory Roof

A clerestory roof has an interior wall built taller than one section of the roof. The extended section is usually adorned with either multiple windows, or one long window to allow quantities of natural light into a room, giving it a spacious and fresh feel.

Curved Roof

A curved roof is another modern yet unique style of roofing to add some character to a building. Adding not just an aesthetic vantage, curved roofs also help reduce resistance to wind.

Dormer Roof

A dormer roof is a roof which has a window projecting up out from a traditional roof. This is a common roof style for loft conversions, with the possibility of even featuring a balcony/balconette. It allows for more room, and more natural lighting in a converted loft. This style of roofing can commonly be found along the seafront of Brighton & Hove.

Mansard Roof

A mansard roof is a traditional French style of roofing, which consists of two slopes on every side. The lower slope is usually steeper than the upper. This style is perfect if you’re looking for a more traditional yet still trendy look.

Shed Roof

A shed roof is a good way to add a modern edge and character to your house. This style of roof is identified by the angle of the roof, running from one side of the house to the other. This style is becoming popular again with the emergence of mid-century architecture.

Gable Roof

A gable roof is a roof consisting of two sections, whose edges meet to form a ridge; think of the sort of roof that a child would traditionally draw when drawing a house. Whilst being a traditional design, it can be styled in a way which boasts modernity whilst still being practical and classic.

Green Roof

A green roof is simply a roof covered in plants and greenery. These roofs are done in a way which requires waterproofing, however, they are becoming popular in cities due to the environmentally friendly nature of them. On the other side of the spectrum, a green roof can be used to blend your house into your surroundings, giving it a hidden and cosy feel.


A rooflight is a style of roofing that uses windows to make up the bulk of the roof. Many people enjoy this style due to its modern feel, and the natural light that it lets into a room. Using natural lighting can really make a space appear bigger.

Whichever roof style you go for, ensure it reflects your personality! There are so many options and styles to explore, so enhance your exterior with a unique roofing style. Click here to check out our Side Extension project, incorporating some of the roofing styles we’ve mentioned.

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