Professional Hip Roof Contractors in St. Louis

Hipped roofs provide strength, aesthetic, weatherability

When you are weighing your options for what type of roof you want to install in your home, hip or half-hipped roofing systems should be one of your top considerations.

Hip roofs are a popular roof in the St. Louis area – and for good reason. These roofs are similar to a traditional Dutch Gable roof (aka Gabled Roof). They create a sort of pyramid roof. The slant of the roof has four sloped sides that connect at a ridge board so that there are two trapezoidal sides and two triangular sides of equal length. The hip roof construction allows for each side to more or less balance the other out, which makes for a strong and durable roof.

This design is common on pavilion roofs, but they also work great for many commercial and residential situations. They work great as their own standalone roof sections and they sometimes offer additional living space or attic space in the overhang, depending on your design and roof pitch.

All told, these are a classic roof design that looks great on St. Louis homes.

Although the hip roof design is inherently strong, care must be taken during installation and repair by the roofing contractor to ensure your hip roof construction remains in working order through severe storms and high winds.

If you’re looking for a contractor to install a new hip roof, contact Wildwood Roofing today. We’ll provide a no-pressure free consultation where we outline exactly how we will build the roof of your dreams.

Why Hip Roofs Are a Great Roof Style for Your St. Louis Home

Here are several things a qualified roofing contractor like Wildwood Roofing will think about during any hip roof installation, replacement or repair:

Hip Roofs Provide Strength

Hip roof slopes brace themselves for the most part, as each side rests against its opposite in perfect balance. This means that roof collapse- especially when hip roof framing and construction is performed correctly – is highly unlikely.

Weatherability considerations

When compared to gable roofs, hip roofs configurations are sometimes criticized because they have more seams.

If improperly prepared with underlayment, or laid with shingles or shakes, hip roofs are susceptible to leaks. This is why choosing a qualified roofing contractor is so important – they will use the proper techniques to ensure your roof remains weatherproof and in working condition long beyond the installation of your hip roof.

For areas like St. Louis which can experience high winds and severe storms, we recommended that each of the sides is framed to have a roof pitch – the slope measured as a ratio of height to width – ranging from 4:12 to 6:12. That can vary based on the type of hip roof you’re installing, but this triangular shape ensures wind will flow over the roof aerodynamically rather than pull the roof from the wall with an upward force as can sometimes happen with low-sloped hip roofs.

An experienced roofing contractor will be able to design your hip roof framing to withstand even the strongest winds.


Beyond strength and weatherability, hip roofs also have great versatility when it comes to design. You can insert more attic space, but if you’re interested in doing more, you can create a crow’s nest in your hipped or half-hipped roof.

While the design might not be as integral to a roof’s performance, it is certainly an important consideration. Hip roofs can hold almost any kind of roofing material – metal or asphalt shingles, slate, ceramic tile, cedar shakes.

Expert Hip Roof Installers in St. Louis

Whenever you need a hip roof installation, replacement, or repair, call the St. Louis roofing experts—Wildwood Roofing & Construction for free quotes.

We’ve been framing and constructing hip roofs for years. We know what we’re doing with all types of hip roofs, and we do it well. Our team supplies all the knowledge, building materials, and labor to make sure your installation is up to your satisfaction.

But we also hold ourselves to a higher standard. We lay every rafter and shingle with pride, which is why our past clients have such positive things to say about our work ethic and end product. Give us a call and schedule a no-risk consultation today.

Drop us a line to tell us your project goals. We’ll tell you how we can exceed them.