Flat or pitched roofs can be used to create a variety of aesthetic effects on your home. Flat roofs often create a more geometrical look for your home, which is beautiful if you’re going for that bold, modern look, while pitched roofs typically give more of a classic homey feel. You can even play with different levels of steepness to create dimension. The possibilities are endless; it all depends on the kind of look you want to achieve when building or remodelling your home.
Many people don’t consider flat roofs because they assume that the increased probability of leaking will make them regret their decision in the future. It’s true that flat roofs are more prone to leaks than pitched roofs are, but there are many other benefits of the design that could make that worth it for you, depending on your individual needs as a homeowner. And with proper maintenance, it may not even be a problem for you.
Both types of roofs will require regular maintenance. Pitched roofs will typically require less because of the reduced risk of leaks, but you will likely have to pay for someone to do it due to the unsafe slope. Flat roofs, on the other hand, are much easier to maintain on your own because they are more accessible, but you will have to do it more frequently. Your choice should depend on how much effort and/or money you are willing to put into it. If you are up for the challenge of maintaining your roof on your own terms, a flat roof might be for you. However, if you would like to reduce the hassle and don’t mind paying for someone else to do it, a pitched roof might be the best option.
Flat roofs are usually significantly cheaper than pitched roofs because they require less square footage of materials, and are therefore quicker to install. But when you put the initial installation costs aside and consider your long run costs, you have to refer back to the maintenance aspect. The materials used to build the roof can also play a part in this. Now that you know the basics to get the thought process started, it’s time to learn about the finer details.
Author Bio: Ross Michaels and Pioneer Roofing have begun a collaboration to help the people of Portland make an informed decision about the type of roof their home should have and the best material for your climate.