Choosing the right roof structure for your home is an integral part of a house design. So whether you decided to go for a flat or a pitched roof, here’s what you need to know about each of these roof systems.

Flat roofs

Flat roofs aren’t 100% level, they’re built with a slight pitch in order to successfully drain the rain water. If you’re building a small commercial property, a house extension or a garage, then a flat roof system may be more suitable for your property. In this case, the flat roof is fixed to the ceiling joins and a waterproof layer is placed on top.

The advantages of flat roofs

  • This type of roof is ideal for smaller building structures.
  • Flat roofs are an affordable option at the point of construction and they’re traditionally built from asphalt, however, a more recent design is Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM), a 3mm thick rubber.
  • This roof system can be installed and completed in one day (in case of replacement) and its construction involves considerable less labour and materials as opposed to pitched roof systems.

The disadvantages of flat roofs

  • Regular maintenance and replacement are required for this type of roof.
  • The maximum lifespan of a flat roof is only 20 years.
  • Flat roofs can attract damaging moss and algae and has the tendency to crack with temperature changes.

Pitched roofs

Pitched roofs are formed from minimum two angles pieces which meet in the middle and create a peak. This roof system is very popular for domestic properties but also for commercial and industrial roof management. The angle of the pitch varies in accordance with the size and structure of the building.

The advantages of pitched roofs

  • It’s a very flexible roofing system and a great way to maximise your home’s living space.
  • Your home will benefit from added insulation unlike flat roofs when your rooms can be afflicted by extreme temperatures.
  • Pitched roofs have a greater lifespan and they don’t require regular maintenance.
  • This roofing system is more likely to be more welcoming to the local environment and blend in with nearby buildings.

The disadvantages of pitched roofs

  • Pitched roofs can be a greater burden for your home’s foundation, that’s why it’s not always possible to replace your flat roof with a pitched roof.
  • It implies a complex design, significant labour and materials.

What’s the right type of roof for my house?

There are many factors to consider when choosing the type of roof for your home and knowing the differences and advantages will definitely be beneficial throughout the designing and construction phase of your roof. Contact the roof specialists at Warrington Roofing and we’ll be happy to advise you and suggest the best option for your home! With over 40 years’ trade experience, you can count on us to deliver a high standard of service from the beginning of the project and through to completion. Get in touch with us today on 01925 417 597, 07436 269 939 or send us an email at [email protected] and let us know how we can help.