Your roof does more than just protect your home and family from the elements. It also helps with energy conservation and adds to your home’s curb appeal. It is important to note that roofs also come in all different shapes and sizes. If you are building a home, you may have the option of a flat roof or a pitched roof. In almost every circumstance, a pitched roof is the better option.
Although pitched roofs are more expensive than flat roofs, they require far less maintenance. Repairing a flat roof can be costly. In addition, flat roofs tend to allow rainwater to puddle in one location which can lead to leaks. Snow and ice buildup is also a problem on flat roofs. Materials used on pitched roofs are often more durable and resistant to weather. This means that pitched roofs last longer than flat roofs which saves you money in the long run.
In areas where there is a large amount of snow and ice, you will notice that most of the roofs are pitched. This is because pitched roofs drain better, allowing snow and ice to slide from the roof rather than accumulate on top. Although flat roofs have drains installed, they can clog which can lead to damage and leaks.
A pitched roof allows you to do a visual inspection while standing on the ground. You can walk around your home and look to see if there are cracked or missing tiles or shingles. You can see if a vent seems to be pulling loose. If you have a flat roof, you will need to get on the roof to inspect it and you will need to do so often. If a flat roof develops a problem that goes undetected, it can lead to major damage that may be expensive to repair.
If you install a pitched roof, you can add an attic that will help keep your family organized. In addition, an attic can be converted to living space. You could add an additional bedroom or an office in the attic area. A flat roof limits the amount of space between the ceiling of your top floor and the roof which means you will be unable to expand into the area should you need more room in your home.
If you are building a home and trying to decide between a flat or pitched roof, RGB Construction can help. Give them a call or complete the easy form online for more information.