Flat Vs. Pitched Roofing: Which Is Right for Your Home?

You can imagine what a flat roof is – it’s all in the name – but many people don’t know what a pitched roof is. You’ve seen a pitched roof before and there is a good chance that you drive by them every day. A pitched roof is simply a sloped, or arched, roof – like the shape of an upper-case A. When you are building a home, you usually have the option of choosing a pitched roof or a flat roof. However, it can be hard to make the decision, because both have their unique advantages and disadvantages. Moreover, there are a lot of considerations to make, because both have different elements that can be beneficial. So, a flat roof or a pitched roof – what is better for your home?

For one, you have to consider your climate. Pitched roofs usually do better in regions with harsher rainfall or snowfall. Flat roofs do better in moderate conditions. The reason for this is simple – during a heavy rainfall or snowfall, the moisture runs off and drains much easier. With a flat roof, water and snow can build up and can severely damage a roof. When consulting with roofing contractors, make sure to take this factor into consideration.

Also, when it comes to maintenance, flat roofs often require much more attention. Even if you live in a moderate climate, the roof still needs to be inspected regularly. Also, flat roofs need regular water proofing. Overtime, this can get very expensive. On the other side of the coin, however, with pitched roofs, the maintenance is often more expensive and it can require more work. Even though pitched roofs have a longer lifespan, they still require work here and there.

Next, you have to consider the cost. When it comes to the costs of pitched roofs versus flat roofs, pitched roofs are often more expensive. For one, you have the pitched angle of the roof that requires more construction – you also have to support the materials right beneath the roof. A flat roof requires less construction. When it comes to maintenance and repairs and the fact that a pitched roof can withstand the harsh elements, you may want to go with a pitched roof. The cost difference isn’t enough to take that kind of risk, especially if you live in a region with particularly bad snow or rain storms. Yet, if you live in a temperate region, like the West Coast, or South West, you may want to go with a flat roof – to save money and for the sake of aesthetics.

Lastly, you may also want to think about adding solar panels in the future. When it comes to equipping your home with solar energy, pitched roofs are often better conductors, because they are angled in the exact dimensions to absorb the most UV rays. So, if you are thinking of investing in solar energy in the near future, or distant future, you may want to make the investment and build a pitched roof. With all the energy savings, you will be glad you made the decision.

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