Cross Hip Roof
A cross hip and hip roof are another very common roof type. The cross hip roof essentially has two intersecting hip sections, that run perpendicular to each other. These intersections can take place at the end forming an L-shape, or can be in the middle forming more of a T-shape. The cross hip roof allows for more complex house layout as opposed to the standard hip roof, but the most popular variation is the L-shaped home where the intersecting roofs form a right angle.
Hip roofs are typically the safest of roofing types, and despite their gentler slopes they shed water, snow, and ice efficiently. Hip roofs don't have the vulnerable gable ends when windy conditions start to hit, and it is the more ideal roofing structure in and around hurricane areas. An added bonus is the ample shading a cross hip roof provides with its various overhangs.
The downside to a cross hip roof, or even a hip roof is in the complication of their structure. This complication requires extra materials during construction, and just an overall more expensive construction. Hip roof designs generally ventilate less efficiently compared to other styles, and have less attic space which can be problematic when needing to do certain ro of maintenance or repairs. A cross hip roof adds valleys to the mix, which must be kept clear of debris to keep water shedding appropriately.
CROSS HIP (HIPPED) ROOF TYPE ILLUSTRATIONS