Whether you’re extending, converting your garage, or building your dream home, you’re going to need a roof. This is Britain, after all.
For many, the choice falls between two: pitched and flat. The former being a classic, but flat roofs have certainly seen a resurgence in modern design. So, which is right for you?
Let’s weigh up the pros and cons…
Pros of a flat roof
In the past, flat roofs had a pretty bad reputation. However, thanks to new materials giving them extra strength, you’ll be seeing them pop up more and more in contemporary home design.
One reason why more homeowners are turning to them is speed. Flat roofs take a lot less time to construct than pitched. This is a real bonus if you want to cut both your contractor costs, and if you want to avoid long periods paying rent on temporary accommodation during the construction phase.
What’s more, flat roofs require fewer materials, giving them an even greater cost advantage. On the whole, if you’re looking to make savings, flat roofs are often the cheaper of the two.
Flat roofs are also very compact, taking up less head height than pitched. This could work in your favour if you’re converting a garage or building an extension, both of which will be subject to planning rules that could restrict the height of your project.
And don’t worry about rain gathering up there. Though they don’t have the same level of drainage as pitched, flat roofs are cleverly designed to subtly stop water from pooling and flooding your home.
Cons of a flat roof
Flat roofs are now commonly made from a material known as EPDM, which has helped take their lifespan from 20 years to 30. However, this is still 20 less years than you’ll get from a pitched roof.