Flat roofing vs. Pitched roofing

Posted on by Protech Roofing Team

As a homeowner, there’s no shortage of things to consider when it comes to moving into a new home or maintaining your existing home, and an element that can sometimes be overlooked is the roof. In actuality, roofs are a hugely important part of any building, whether it be a domestic or commercial premises. Roofs can influence both the aesthetic value and the functionality of your house, and therefore deciding which style of roofing would best suit your individual home is a crucial choice. Generally the two main contenders are flat roofing and pitched roofing, and to help you assess their individual pros and cons, the team at Protech Roofing have put together this handy guide.

Pitched roof advantages:

  • The traditional look of a pitched roof offers a homey aesthetic that has been enjoyed by homeowners for hundreds of years. So if you want to keep things classic, then a pitched roof is the way to go.
  • True to its name, this roofing style boasts slopes that allows water and snow to easily be directed away from the house. This enhanced weather-resistance is advantageous for people living in areas that experience frequent and heavy precipitation.
  • Pitched roofs are often made of more durable materials than flat roofs, as they are built to withstand harsher weather conditions.
  • Because of their hardwearing nature, pitched roofs often last longer than flat roofs, saving you the hassle of frequent repairs or replacement.
  • The almost triangular shape of pitched roofs grace houses with some attic space. This extra room can be used for straightforward storage, or something more innovative such as a gym or home office.

Pitched roof disadvantages:

  • Pitched are more expensive to install and maintain than flat roofing, and this is due to their more complex design and the higher number of man hours needed to install it successfully.
  • If you want to transform your existing flat roof into a pitched roof, then this might not always be feasible as pitched roofs are heavier and put greater burden on the foundations of a house. Therefore the success of this venture entirely depends on the strength and suitability of the foundations.


Flat roof advantages:

  • Cheaper to install and maintain, flat roofs are kinder on your pocket and only usually require an occasional reseal and re-coat every couple of years.
  • Keeping tabs of any damage to your roof is simpler with a flat roofs due to better access; it is easy to climb onto a flat roof to inspect it for problems.
  • Even though it does not brag the same degree of slope as a pitched roof, the flat style is not completely planar and will always have a slight tilt built in for drainage purposes.

Flat roof disadvantages:

  • The lifespan of flat roofs are not as lengthy as their pitched cousin, and may need to be replaced sooner. However, using more durable materials, such as the popular rubber EPDM, can improve the lifespan of your flat roof.
  • Whilst flat roofs do possess a slight decline, they are not entirely apt at handling large amounts of rain and snow, and sometimes the drainage of this precipitation can be hindered by its planar nature.
  • Because they do not shed liquid as easily, flat roofs are more susceptible to leaks, especially if they have been ill-fitted. To combat this, always make sure a trusted professional, such as Protech Roofing, take on the job of fitting and maintaining a flat roof to avoid this problem. To further combat the issue of leaks, make sure to select a hardwearing and easily repairable flat roofing material such as EPDM.

As leading roofing specialists in the Leeds area, Protech Roofing can be trusted to install and maintain a broad range of roofing types and materials. With over 25 years’ experience, we are professionals at fitting both pitched and flat roofs for an array of domestic and commercial clients, and can also offer a selection of hardwearing materials, including EPDM. To find out more about our extensive services, then don’t hesitate to get in contact.

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