'Rooves' vs 'Roofs': What's the Difference Between the Two?

By Shanea Patterson, updated on January 6, 2023

Wondering which is the correct version of the word? And what is the difference between the two? We can clear that up, plus teach you how to use the correct spelling of the word in a sentence.

The quick answer is that ‘roofs is the plural version of the word ‘roof.’ ‘Rooves' is how people commonly misspell the word. It's a common misconception. ‘Roofs' is the only correct way to pluralize the word, despite popular belief. 

How to Use ‘Roof’ vs. ‘Rooves’ Correctly

The only correct spelling of the plural of ‘roof’ is ‘roofs.’ It follows the standard rules for pluralizing a word in the English language. That means adding an ‘s’ or ‘es’ to the end.

In the case of ‘roof,’ we simply add an ‘s.’

Take a look at other examples of words that follow the same pluralization rules:

  • Bed > Beds
  • Car > Cars
  • Live > Lives
  • House > Houses
  • Watch > Watches
  • Catch > Catches

There are no circumstances in which using ‘rooves’ would be appropriate. Therefore, you should never attempt to use it in your writing.

Definition and Meaning of ‘Roofs’

Since ‘roofs’ is plural, we’ll look at the singular version of the word for the definition. 

The Merriam Webster definition of ‘roof’ is: “the cover of a building,” “material used for a roof: roofing,” “the roof of a dwelling conventionally designating the home itself,” “the highest point: summit,” “an upper limit: ceiling,” “the vaulted upper boundary of the mouth,” “a covering structure of any various parts of the body,” and “something suggesting a roof: such as, a) a canopy of leaves and branches, b) the top over the passenger section of a vehicle.”

As a verb, it means: “to cover with or as if with a roof,” “to provide with a particular kind of roof or roofing > often used in combination,” and “to constitute a roof over.”

Synonyms of the word include:


  • Awning
  • Cover
  • Canopy
  • Tent
  • Ceiling


  • Accommodate
  • Bestow
  • Billet
  • Bunk
  • Board
  • Camp
  • Put up
  • Lodge
  • Quarter
  • Domicile
  • Chamber
  • Shelter
  • Room
  • Take In
  • House

Pronunciation: How to Pronounce 'Roofs'

To pronounce the word correctly, remember that the double 'o' usually has a long 'u' sound.

It sounds similar words like:

  • uniform
  • use
  • music
  • mule
  • few

The phonetic way to pronounce it is RUFS.

How to Use ‘Roofs’ in a Sentence

Now that you know what the word means and how to spell it correctly, let’s look at some examples of how to use it in a sentence correctly.

  • Let’s go help Justin with the roofs. He’s up there all by himself.
  • The bad guy jumped from roof to roof until there were no more roofs left. The cops got him.
  • I cannot stand to see the destruction from the hurricane. We need a guy who can fix roofs.
  • We have a few more roofs to do before we’re done for the day. Don’t quit on me now.
  • I saw a guy fixing roofs this afternoon out in the hot sun, so I brought him some lemonade.
  • I’m getting new roofs for my house and my garage next month. I just have to choose the colors.

Concluding Thoughts on ‘Rooves’ vs. ‘Roofs’

To recap, we know that ‘roofs’ is the only correct way to pluralize the word ‘roof.’ Any other spelling of the word is incorrect and ungrammatical.

This is a tricky one to remember since some words are pluralized the way people think ‘roof’ is – 'rooves.' But you can always come back if you forget which is the correct way to pluralize the word.

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Written By:
Shanea Patterson
Shanea Patterson is a writer based in New York and loves writing for brands big and small. She has a master's degree in professional writing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Mercy College.

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