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Roofing Definitions: Hips and Gables

Expand your roofing industry vocabulary with these simple definitions and illustrations. Find more resources in our glossary!

 

Gable RoofGable Roof: The roof edge ends at a gable, which is a vertical triangular area at the end of a building.

 

Hip RoofHip Roof: Roof with all sides sloping downward to the eaves; i.e., no gable ends.

 

Hipped GableHipped Gable: A gable roof that is clipped short at the end to form a hip. Also known as a half-hip, shreadhead, or jerkinhead roof.

 

Dutch GableDutch Gable: A gable on the top of a roof that transitions into a hip roof. Also known as a gablet.