Flat Roof vs. Pitched Roof: Which One Should You Pick?

If you have a plan in constructing a new building, may it be commercial or residential, you might be thinking about what kind of roof to install. The design of your roof can greatly affect the function, aesthetic, and overall value of your property. 

Generally speaking, you can choose between a pitched roof and a flat roof. The decision to choose between the two can be a tough one and that’s why this article will be your guide. 

We will be discussing the pros and cons of each so that you can make the right choice based on the goal of the building and your budget. 

A Brief Overview 

When it comes to the pitched roof vs. flat roof debate, it all boils down to your personal preference. Although it’s quite known in the roofing industry that pitched roofs last longer and will require less maintenance. However, if you like the look of flat roofs and are looking for low-cost installation then this roof is definitely for you. Ultimately, before making a choice, try to identify your goals and budget for the project. 

Pitched Roofing 

When we talk about a pitched roof it refers to any kind of roof that has a peak. It’s commonly seen among residential properties. It’s what gives homes a triangular shape at the top and provides space for attics. 

Pros 

It’s no doubt that pitched roofs are more common compared to flat roofs. As such, here are a few reasons why you should choose pitched roofs. 

Lifespan

Depending on what shingles and roofing material you pick, the average asphalt shingle pitched roof has a lifespan of somewhere from 20 to 50 years. 

Less Maintenance

Pitched roofs are built to channel water or snow into downpipes or gutters. As such, it requires less maintenance on your roof. 

Extra Living Space 

If you’re looking for an extra living space, like an attic or nook, then pitched roofs can give that space for your house. 

Cons 

When it comes to any roof, price is always a factor, and although maintenance is less of a concern, initial construction can be quite expensive. Pitched roofs often require more time for installation. With that, some homeowners and entrepreneurs would much rather choose flat roofs. 

Flat Roofing 

Flat roofs are more common among commercial establishments. It also works well with smaller buildings because of its compact size. Flat roofs usually come with a slight slope that’s almost unnoticeable. As such, it pushes water toward the gutter system. It’s also ideal for garage extensions. 

Pros 

When it comes to choosing a roof for your building, it’s crucial to consider two factors: cost and visual aesthetic. And that’s how flat roofs have a lot more to offer in this regard. 

Easy to Install

Compared to pitch roofs, flat roofs have a quick turnaround time for installation. As such, it becomes more appealing to business owners due to its reduced downtime. 

Low Upfront Cost 

A flat roof requires fewer materials for installation and that’s why it’s cheaper compared to a pitched roof. 

Great Canvas

If you’re thinking of going green, then a flat roof is definitely a good choice. It provides more benefits for your drainage and efficiency once you go green. 

Cons

Most of the flat roofing drawbacks are linked to maintenance. Flat roofs usually need more hands-on attention to ensure that they work for a long time.  This may be a discouraging factor for larger properties. Flat roofs usually have a lifespan of about 10 years which is considerably less compared to pitched roofs. 

Conclusion 

Whether you’re building a residential or commercial establishment, choosing between a flat roof and a pitched roof is an important decision to make. It’s important to also consider the long-term implications between your options.  

Here Quality Discount Roofing and Construction, we have a team of roofing experts that are ready to guide you as you make your decision. We use quality roofing materials that are guaranteed to add value to your project. Visit our site at https://qdrusa.com for more information. 

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