Commercial hip roofs: Stability, durability, and versatility

While construction and framing for commercial hip roofs are more involved than gable roofs, there are some added benefits. Commercial hip roof framing, for example, is self-bracing. The four sides—two trapezoidal sides and two triangular sides—balance the weight of the opposite plane. This makes for a long-lasting and stable design, ideal for small commercial applications.

There are, however, several downsides as opposed to gable roofing constructions. Because there are more roofing planes, there are more seams—this means that, if the commercial hip roof construction isn’t carried out properly, there are more points at which the roof could potentially leak. An experienced roofing contractor will be well-versed in installation best practices—such as proper flashing installation techniques, and how much overhang is necessary for the drip edge.

If you’re considering a commercial hip roof construction for your facility—or if you just need a couple repairs—here are several things to consider:

  • Installation techniques for longterm usability

    Care must be taken during commercial hip roof framing and installation in order to ensure the effectiveness of the roofing system. Your roofing contractor will install flashing around any protrusions along the roofing plane—such as chimneys or dormers—and ridge caps or special shingles along seams, ridges, and hips. Using the right underlayment for your material and roof deck can also go a long way toward fully insulating your facility and preventing leaks.It is also worth noting that in areas with severe storms and high winds—such as St. Louis—that certain pitch requirements should be adhered to. It is often suggested that commercial hip roofs in such areas have pitches—which are expressed as a ratio of rise, or height, to run, or width, of the roofing system—ranging from 4:12 to 6:12.

    There are also fire and building codes, international material and installation standards and safety concerns. An experienced and reputable roofing contractor will help you navigate these, as well as offer you the peace of mind of knowing they practice safety best practices on the job site.

  • Material selection for durability and weatherproofing
    One of the most appealing aspects of commercial hip roofs is that you can use almost any roofing material, giving you flexibility in the price of the roofing system. Slate or tile roofing might be a good choice, for instance, if you want a long-lasting and visually appealing roofing system, and don’t mind spending a little more for it. Asphalt or architectural shingles are a slightly cheaper option that still offers protection and durability.Your roofing contractor will talk to you about what roofing material might be best for your commercial hip roof based on your price point and your facility’s needs.

When it’s time for a commercial hip roof repair, replacement or installation, schedule a consultation with Wildwood Roofing & Construction.

We know what we’re doing, so you know you’ll be getting the highest quality roofing job available in St. Louis. Plus, we will quote you a fair price and stick to it. We’re trusted around St. Louis as the commercial roofing experts because we work quickly, getting your facility back to working condition in no time. And, because we hold ourselves to a higher standard, we’ve never completed a roofing project we weren’t proud of.

We offer risk- and cost-free consultations so you can get a feel for us, and to give us a chance to take a look at your roof so we can quote you a reasonable—and accurate—price. So, schedule a consultation with us today.

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