So you'll find gable and shed dormers on hip roofs, hip-roofed porches on gabled homes, and shed roofs attached just about anywhere.
The roof design that best withstood hurricane Hugo was the hip roof, because, as well shall see, this shape eliminates those gable ends.
The hip roof framing is slightly more complicated than a gable roof, and a bit more expensive to build.
The style is a good one, though, so don't shy away from building a hip roof if you get a chance.
The effect of different designs of hip roof (changing the angle of side angle) on the heating and cooling loads is not significant (5% or less).
The heating load of split-roof design is increased by 6% and 7% for configuration 1 and 2, respectively, relative to a hip roof with 45[degrees] side angle.
Heating load of rectangular units with folded plates roof is increased by 9% for configuration 1 and 10% for configurations 2 and 3, as compared to the rectangular unit with hip roof (Table 2).
By comparison, electricity production of housing unit with hip roof of 45[degrees] side angle is some 35% less than consumption.