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Why Pitched Roofs Are Better Than Flat Roofs

Roofing & Gutters
By on Mar 26, 2014
Why Pitched Roofs Are Better Than Flat Roofs

Other than installation costs, there are numerous benefits a pitched roof can offer compared the more standard flat roof. Homeowners may not think about their roof often, but it plays a key role in the home’s value and future expenditures. A pitched roof not only looks prettier to potential buyers or neighbors driving by, but it offers many other advantages. Below are five key benefits of pitched roofs.

Pitched Roofs Last Longer

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To start off, I want to warn all interested homeowners that pitched roofs are more expensive to install. However, repairing a flat roof, as I referenced in 5 Things To Know Before Fixing Your Roof, can cost significantly more than a pitched roof and as a result, the investment in a pitched roof can be the smart play. Like every other aspect of the home, whether it’s your HVAC, kitchen counters or toilet, products start to wear and the roof, especially since it is exposed to natural weather 24/7, can wear pretty fast. Fortunately, the materials used for pitched roofs tend to be more durable and weather resistant. Therefore, a pitched roof is usually more affordable in the long-term.

Tip: Do not get held up on the initial costs of any home investment. Just because a product is more expensive now, it does not mean the repairs will be less expensive later on. Current and future expenditures must be taken into account before any home improvement project.

Steep Roofs React Better to Inclement Weather 

If you think of basic geometry, a flat roof receives a much bigger hit to inclement weather versus a pitched roof. It is why, more often than not, you see very steep roofs in areas of America that see lots of rain and snow. However, very shallow roofs can be considered pitched as well. You can measure your roof pitch by viewing our roof pitch calculator.

The reason pitched roofs are better in rain is due to the drainage system. Flat roof drainage is not as effective as a pitched roofs and without regular inspection, drains can become clogged, leading to damage and leaks. Remember, going back to benefit No. 1, flat roof repairs are more expensive than pitched roofs. Why not ignore this hassle all together by installing a pitched roof?

Tip: If you are already thinking about altering your current roof, see how to Convert A Flat Roof to A Pitch Roof.

Pitched Roofs are Easier to Inspect from Ground Level 

Hopefully, you were convinced after reading What to Know About Roof Installation that you need to constantly monitor and inspect your roof. Finding problems before they become huge issues will save you a boatload of money. Damage that goes unattended for too long can result in extensive water and ice damage inside an attic or around the flashing that separates structural roofing materials from skylights, chimneys and other fixtures.

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While inspecting a pitched roof, homeowners must realize that the surface is more difficult to hold a balance compared to a flat roof. If you do not feel comfortable walking around a pitched roof as you inspect every inch, try inspecting it from your front and backyards. Given that your roof is sloped, you should be able to see a good portion of your roof. There is no shame in taking a pair of binoculars and looking from the ground.

For more tips on proper roof monitoring, check out a full article on New Roof Inspection.

You Can Add An Attic to A Pitched Roof

As I am sure many homeowners can agree, everyone could be more organized. Well, a terrific way to declutter your home is by adding an attic. Most pithed roofs allow for plenty of room to add an attic or loft space. Many homeowners use this existing space for storage, but if need be, homeowners can convert this unused area for an extra bedroom or office, like the example below. 

Pitched Roof Offers Attic Space

So if you are thinking about installing a new roof and want some extra storage or living space, go with a pitched roof.

Numerous Materials to Choose

As you briefly saw in What to Know About Roof Installation, whether you decide to go with a pitched roof or a flat roof, you will have many materials to choose from. Shingles make up the most popular choice among U.S. citizens, but there are many other forms a pitched roof can take:

Pitched Roof Materials

  • Composition Shingles
  • Dimensional Shingles
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Wood Shingles
  • Concrete
  • Tile

For more examples, check out our roofing materials project guide. If you are ready to convert or build a pitched roof, connect with a local contractor today.

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