The most common roof types and their roofing materials


The roof is a decisive factor in how a house looks. That’s why it is important to choose a roof that meets your style preferences, in consultation with the architect. The possibilities seem almost endless these days: every roof type has its own characteristics, and appropriate roofing material. We can appreciate that sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees. As such, this article will give you an overview of the most common roofs with the right waterproofing options. Handy if you are planning to build or renew an existing roof!


In this article we make a distinction between flat roofs and traditional gable roofs, as these are the most common types. Each type of roof has a corresponding price tag, and advantages and disadvantages. Building regulations are very strict in some locations, and you need to make a specific application to build certain roof designs. That’s why it’s important to find out as much information as you can. Flat roofs and gable roofs are basic styles, and usually don’t require specific applications.


Flat roofs are a popular style for modern houses. They generally incorporate a slight pitch so that water can run off. This kind of roof is straightforward to install. An additional advantage is the possibility of easily installing solar panels.

Are you looking for the best waterproofing solution for your flat roof? If so, bitumen or TPO are both excellent choices. Bituminous waterproofing guarantees a durable roof covering, with an outstanding price-quality ratio. This type of material can be applied in both single and double layers, via flame welding. Would you prefer to avoid flame welding? You can also attach bitumen mechanically, or use glue. Or how about our user-friendly self-adhesive rolls? TPO also guarantees a long service life for your roof.


A gable roof is a traditional roof construction which is used in a variety of house styles. The roof pitch is usually a minimum of 15°, but you can make them as steep as you want. For effective water run-off, you need to install a gutter on both sides.

A gable roof is usually covered with conventional tiles, but thatched roofs are also possible. A high-quality underlayis essential in this respect. In addition, give sufficient attention to decent insulation. A gable roof can be insulated from the inside or outside, as well as from the attic floor. SOPREMA offers the right material for every method.


Naturally there are other types of roofs, such as mansard roofs, tent roofs or hipped roofs, but these are less common. Would you like more information about these other roof types? SOPREMA can also advise you in these areas. Don’t hesitate to contact us.