flat roofing vs pitched roofing

Flat Roofing VS Pitched Roofing: Which Is Better?

February 5, 2022

If you’re looking to build your home from scratch or add an extension to your existing home, then you’re going to have to decide between a flat roof or a pitched roof.

In most cases, flat roofing is used on commercial buildings and businesses.

On the flip side, pitched roofing is most commonly used on residential homes, with the exception of garages.

Flat Roofing

flat roof

When you think of the term ‘flat roofing’, then you’re probably imagining a roof that is completely flat.

However….

That isn’t the case.

If a flat roof was 100% level, then you’d have rainwater collecting in the middle, similar to puddles you see in the street.

Over time, this would cause damage to your home, and could even lead to structural issues.

This applies even more if you’re living in the UK, as it never stops raining!

Anyhow…

Flat roofs tend to have a slight slope, allowing rainwater to drain away easily.

So now you know what a flat roof is, let’s talk about the pros and cons of installing a flat roof for your business or garage.

Pros

  • A flat roof doesn’t take as long to install as a residential roof. For this reason, you’d expect to pay a lot less than you would if you’re looking to install a pitched roof.
  • Flat roofing is great for businesses and commercial building as they require less maintenance than a pitched roof.
  • If you’re using flat roofing for your business, it’s a great place to store an air conditioning unit for the Summer.
  • They are a lot easier to access than a pitched roof. In most cases, you’ll only need a small ladder depending on the height.

Cons

  • While a flat roof will drain water away, it doesn’t always do the best job. This can cause puddles to form, which can lead to roof damage in the long term.

Pitched Roofing

pitched roof

You can walk down any street and see that most residential homes contain a pitched roof.

The reason for this is because of their great waterproofing abilities.

Pros

  • Due to their slope design, pitched roofing is great at keeping water away, especially in the UK — probably because we have so much of it. This makes their lifespan longer than a flat roof.
  • Pitched roofs are modern, meaning they look great on residential homes and can even increase your home’s value if they’re new. The same can’t be said about a flat roof.
  • If you install a pitched roof on your home, it gives you plenty of space for a loft conversion, which is a bonus if you ever decide to sell your house.
  • Pitched roofs require less maintenance, and if installed correctly, can be left untouched for years.

Cons

  • Installing a pitched roof is not an easy task; therefore, it takes longer and costs more money than a flat roof.

Conclusion

Both of these roof types are great but should be used for different things. Our advice would be to stick with pitched roofing for your home and flat roofing for your businesses and garages.

If you’re looking for a team of flat roofing specialists in Wickford and surrounding areas, then get in contact with us for a free quote.

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