Is A Flat Or Pitched Roof Right For Your Home?

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If your roof is getting old and you plan on replacing it in the near future, you may be considering if you should get a flat or pitched roof. While many homeowners prefer the traditional look of a roof with a slope, more and more people are choosing flat roof installation. Before you make a final decision, however, check out these three tips to help you determine which type of roof is right for your home.

Create a Budget to Determine How Much You Can Spend

As with any home project, start your new roofing plan with a budget, and typically, flat roofs are significantly less expensive than a pitched roof. One reason flat roofs are less expensive is that there is less area to cover because there is no slope. Second, the materials used on flat roofs are usually less expensive than the materials used on sloped roofs. Of course, if you choose a flat roof, the material options are vastly limited.

If you do choose a flat roof, expect to pay 50 cents to $1.50 per square foot for an EPDM roofing membrane, but that does not include the cost of professional installation, which is recommended to ensure proper installation. If you choose a pitched roof, the price depends on the type of material used. For example, asphalt shingles cost about $50 per roofing square (100 square feet), making them comparable per square foot to EPDM roofing membrane. However, slate tiles may cost closer to $300 per roofing square. Keep in mind, however, regardless of which material you choose, pitched roofs require more material, increasing the price.

Determine How Much Maintenance You'll Perform

Another factor to consider when choosing a roof is the maintenance required to keep that roof looking and working good. Failing to keep the roof well-maintained causes it to wear down faster, which means you'll soon be spending more money on repairs or early replacement. Both pitched and flat roofs require maintenance, but pitched roofs tend to keep themselves cleaner than flat roofs. This is because the debris naturally slides down the slope. Unfortunately, it slides into the gutters, which need to be cleaned to prevent overflowing water. Depending on the type of material, you may also need to worry about moss, rot, or damage from weather.

With flat roofs, you have the same concerns as pitched roofs: debris and drainage. However, because there is no slope, you should check the roof and drains more frequently. If the drains become clogged due to debris, water collects on the roof, increasing the risk of leaks or total collapse from the weight.

Choose a Roof That Works for the Local Climate

Finally, consider your local climate when choosing a roof. Pitched roofs typically do well in any climate, but you may have to be mindful when choosing a material. For example, if you live in an area with heavy snowfall, a slate tile roof is likely not a great choice. Slate tiles are already heavy, so the additional snow may cause the roof to collapse. Similarly, in a hot climate, clay tiles work well to withstand the hot, damaging sun. Asphalt shingles tend to work well in most climates, but in wet climates, be mindful of moss.

Flat roofs work better in climates with little snowfall and rain because of drainage and weight. With a flat roof, the snow is trapped, making it extremely dangerous in heavy snowfalls. If you live in an area with lots of rain, a flat roof may still be a good idea, but you'll need to keep drains clean at all times. An alternative option is to install a green roof on your flat roof, which absorbs the water.

If your roof is getting old, it's time to replace it before a major disaster strikes. Even if your current roof is sloped, however, you may want to consider a flat roof. If you would like more information regarding flat roof installation or other types of roofs, contact a roofing contractor in your area today.

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27 August 2018

Keeping Your Home Dry

Has your home recently began to leak? Perhaps, you had to put a bucket under a leak in your kitchen the last time it rained at your house. If you can relate to this uncomfortable situation, consider talking with a professional roofer in your part of the country. An experienced roofer can examine your roof. Once this individual ascertains the state of your roof, he or she might recommend you repair it or replace it. If you decide to replace your existing roof, you’ll need to figure out if you want your roofer to install something similar to what you currently have or put up something drastically different. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most popular types of roofs roofers install on homes today. Enjoy!