Flat Roof vs. Pitched Roof: Which is Right for Your Home?

Choosing a roof is never as simple as selecting the first one you see that looks good. A good place to start when making this decision is considering whether a flat roof or a pitched roof would be best for your home. 

Both of these have excellent advantages for some types of properties and some slightly frustrating issues if they are installed onto others. So, it’s a good idea to compare the flat roof vs. pitched roof to see which is right for your home.

Versatility

This is where the pitched roof succeeds as the extra space underneath can be converted into an additional room, such as an extra bedroom, an office, or a playroom. This is perfect for people who want to expand on the structure of their house and require a larger space but do not want to move into a different property.

However, the flat roof offers a different type of versatility – the ability to accommodate foot traffic. It all depends on whether you require extra space on the inside or outside of your home.

Longevity

Typically, if a pitched roof is well-designed and properly installed, it can offer a much longer lifespan than a flat roof. However, there have been recent advances in the development of new flat roof materials, such as EPDM, hot rubber and high-performance elastomeric felt systems. 

This means that the lifespan of flat roofs can be extended to over 30 years, which helps to slowly close the gap in longevity between pitched roofs and flat roofs. These advancements are something you may want to consider when you’re deciding on a flat roof vs a pitched roof.

Appearance

If you’re looking for a classic and traditional look with a touch of elegance, the pitched roof is probably the one for you. This roof type is recognisable worldwide and isn’t the type that will suddenly go out of fashion either.

Flat roofs are not the most aesthetically-pleasing to look at, but they are practical. Their compact design means that they are suitable for garages and extensions. However, they can also be incorporated into domestic home structures too – so it all depends on what you want from it.

Weather-resistance

Pitched roofing is known to be incredibly weather-resistant so it’s a recommended option for people who live in areas with extreme weather changes. One of the reasons for this is that it has the ability to insulate the house sufficiently. It can also drain water properly without causing leakages, as a result of the sloped roof structure.

On the other hand, flat roofing is not the most weather-resistant, particularly due to the felt material that it’s typically made from. Flat roofs may not be able to stand extremes of temperatures and will have to be replaced if they become damaged. 

With the previously mentioned developments in flat roofing, it is expected that these new flat roof materials will become much more weather resistant. However, it is important to remember that flat roofs cause drainage issues. If there is a lot of rainfall, this may cause leakages in your roof where the rain is not able to drain away from the flat surface.

Costs

Cost is an important factor when considering any aspect of your property. While the maintenance costs for a pitched roof may be less of an issue, the initial construction costs can be comparatively high compared to a flat roof.

The installation fee for flat roofs is a lot cheaper but, due to problems with drainage, you may find that eventually pay out more for maintenance fees than you originally anticipated. Therefore, it’s definitely worth weighing up the costs and the benefits before making a final decision.

 Different roofs are suitable for different properties and, to work out the best option for you, it’s important to seek professional advice. For more information, please contact us today.


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