If you’re having a new home constructed, or are renovating a property from top to bottom, you’ll need to think long and hard about the type of roofing you choose. You might assume that this is an easy choice to make, but there are a number of factors to consider when thinking about roofing, and how it will look sitting on top of your home, is often outflanked by other factors such as durability, and cost.
Pitched roofs might be the most commonly found on residential properties throughout the UK today, but increasingly, homeowners are opting for Flat Roofing in South London, and enjoying the range of benefits it affords them. To help you decide whether a flat roof is right for your home, let’s firstly look at just what defines a flat roof:
Is a flat roof really flat?
While they are almost level, a flat roof should never be entirely flat, otherwise rainwater would simply stand on top of it and cause all manner of issues for the property beneath. Instead, flat roofs have a slight slope, which usually measures approximately 10 inches; a lot less than a regular, pitched roof.
What are the benefits of a flat roof?
No longer just associated with commercial properties in the UK, flat roofs for residential dwellings have a number of advantages, 5 of which can be found below:
- They’re more cost-effective
If you’re having to tighten the purse-strings and search for a roofing type that won’t break the bank, a flat roof is the perfect choice. Thanks to the fact that fewer materials are required when constructing a flat roof, and that the materials needed cost less than rafters and tiles, a flat roof tends to be much cheaper to install. Add that to the fact that they take less time to install, and if you’re looking for budget-busting, a flat roof becomes your best option.
- They’re quick to install
Flat roofs do take a lot less time to install, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t choose your roofing contactor carefully and ensure that they’re experienced enough to fulfil the installation successfully. However, if you want your new roof to be installed in a lot less time than a pitched roof, this option is a good one.
- They’re low maintenance
Flat roofs typically require minimal maintenance to keep them looking good, and provided your flat roof is professionally installed, you shouldn’t have to do much more than get rid of any debris that might have got blown onto it from time to time.
- They’re versatile
There are a number of possibilities for using your flat roof in ways that simply wouldn’t be possible with a pitched roof, such as having a rooftop garden, or a space to entertain on a warm, sunny day.
- They’re energy efficient
Did you know that a flat roof can help keep your energy costs lower? More energy-efficient than pitched roofs, a flat roof has stiffer, rigid insulation without any gaps in it like a traditional cavity system, and hence there’s no space overhead for stagnant air to fester. This helps to keep a home warmer in the colder months (which are more often than not, in the UK!), and can significantly reduce your household’s energy consumption.
Are there any disadvantages to flat roofs?
Now, in the interests of giving you a well-rounded, fully informed overview of flat roofs, it’s important not to omit the potential drawbacks associated with them:
- Poor drainage
- Build-up of dirt and debris
- Shorter lifespan
However, for many UK homeowners seeking roofing services, the pros of flat roofs when compared to pitched roofs, far outweigh the cons, and they go on to enjoy many years of their new roof, no doubt at the envy of their neighbours!
Still not swayed by the 5 reasons above? If you would like to know more about having a flat roof installed on your home, you can schedule a specialist consultation with a local roofing company.