How do roof styles differ around the world

How do roof styles differ around the world

A roof has a dramatic impact on the overall appearance of a home. In fact, it is integral to the character of a property – incorporating the unique style of the country and time period in which it was built. Imagine a traditional 17th-century English cottage with an ornamental tiered roof like they have in Thailand, for example: the mesh of styles just wouldn’t work! Here are just some of the different roofing styles that can be seen around the world.

Thatched roofs

We might automatically associate thatched roofing with cute rural cottages in the English countryside, but a lot of other countries also use this style. Indeed, roofs that are thatched with straw, reeds or heather are still popular in England, Germany and Denmark.

Tiled roofs

Roofing tiles are used across the world, but, in sunny spots like Spain, they take on a new rustic character on sun-washed villas and rural stone farmhouses. The intense reds, oranges and browns of the tiles are often used to create a gorgeous checkerboard effect on the roof.

Ornate oriental roofs

In countries like China, Thailand and Japan, roofs are far more ornate and elaborate than Western styles. They are often bright red, with a tiered structure that forms a pagoda or upturned shape (sometimes known as an ‘artichoke leaf’ design), and decorated with ornaments like dragons. As well as having spiritual connotations, this style of roof is designed to maximise ventilation while protecting the inside of the property from rain.

Terraced roof

A terraced roof is a flat roof that has been specially built so that people can go out on them, perhaps for use as a garden, entertaining area or relaxing space. It is now a popular option in places like London, where fewer properties are available with spacious outdoor areas, but the style originated from countries like India and East Asia, where people needed to be able to escape the heat of their homes and cool down in the shaded roof space.

Hip roof

A hip roof is distinguished by its symmetrical shape, caused by all the sides sloping towards the building’s walls. It is a style that is characteristic of houses in America, and which has many variants – including the tented roof, mansard roof and the Dutch gable. In its original form, the hip roof does not have gables, though some of the variants do.

Would you like a different roof style for your Worcester Park home?

So, there you have it: different roofing styles from around the world. Here at South Thames Roofing, we always keep up with the latest trends in roofing, and can help you find a style that works perfectly with your home. Contact us today to find out more.