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Across-hipped roof is a popular variation of a hip roof, which gently slopes on all four sides. For a cross, the two hip roofs are laid out in an "L," installed perpendicular to each other. These roofs are great for areas with strong winds and provide shade under the eaves all the way around the house. It's also easier to install gutters on them, since the roofline never peaks as with a gable roof. But a cross-hipped roof loses valuable attic space because of the inward slopes.
Cross-hipped roofs are considered Italianate and were used in the mid-1800s, though their highest popularity was on ranch-style homes a century later.