A lot of home owners and home buyers don’t realize that the roof is often something that they notice first about a house.
This is because the “body” or main structure of a house is very much the same for most buildings, and it’s the shape of the roofs which creates a sky line against the backdrop that gives a property an identifiable form factor from far away compared to the neighboring homes.
A roof shape actually plays a crucial role in determining the element of a house based on form factor.
And as you might expect, this can have implications on how suitable a particular house is for a particular household.
Here are some of the most common different types of roofs with pictures and what they can mean for homeowners.
1) Pitched roof
By far, the most common type of roof of landed residential homes are pitched roofs.
Also called triangular roofs for obvious reasons, they serve the very practical purpose of water displacement so that a house does not suffer from the damning effects of water damages. Essential for places that see a lot of rainfall like Louisiana and Mississippi.
Because of how water naturally moves down slopes, pitched roof design makes a lot of sense when designing rainwater management systems for a property.
Triangle roofs are of fire energy and are in harmony with homes that are rectangular or square in shape.
Houses with pitched roofs that are too steep and sharp has a tendency to cause disharmony and conflicts in the household.
However, it can be beneficial for occupants who find fire energy as a favorable element.
Those in the food business or energy sectors would find such homes very beneficial for caress advancement and success.
A lopsided roof, or some might call them slanted roof, also share mostly the same characteristics with a triangular roof. Except that the energy is imbalanced and can cause more problems when fire energy is unfavorable.
2) Flat roof
A flat roof is a roof structure that is horizontally flat.
But even though they visually appear to be flat, they are technically not flat due to the installation of drainage systems to control water flow.
Yet in terms of feng shui, they are considered to be of a flat form factor.
Flat roofs denote the earth element, and also earth in general.
Since the recommended shapes of houses are squares, flat roofs blend in nicely with earth chi that a residence harness according to the cosmic trinity of luck.
They represent stability and progression. And would therefore be suitable for those in academic professions, business people, and those in the professions related to real estate.
3) Circular roof
Circular, round, spherical or dome shaped roofs are uncommon for residential dwellings.
Circles represent heaven and the metal element.
They are suitable for those in manufacturing, military, jewelry, etc.
Because having heavy metal hanging over your head and exerting downward pressure can be bad luck, they are usually not recommended for residential real estate.
They are however, appropriate for public buildings where people congregate for events but don’t sleep over.
And because circles represents heaven, they can also be suitable for places of worship.
4) Irregular roof
When you cannot ascertain the shape of a roof with a simple observation, the odds are that it’s an irregular shaped roof.
These symbolize the water element.
Just like having metal element overhead can be bad feng shui, having water overhead can be hazardous as well.
So they are also best avoided for residential property and only constructed for public event buildings.
5) Dormer roof
A dormer roof is basically a roof with a protruding area that juts out of the roof plane or wall. Skillion roofs, or mono-pitched roofs, also fall under this category.
They are usually built as bay windows and most commonly found on pitched roofs.
They basically increase usable space in a house, and also allow natural sunlight into interior areas such as the loft, bedroom or attic.
Dormer roofs are typically of wood element and are suited for those in professions involved with teaching or training.