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Roofers Insight: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Pitched Roofs


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Date Posted: July 15, 2015

Roofs come in different shapes and sizes. However, the most noticeable difference is the slope, dividing roof types generally into two: pitched and flat. With this one characteristic come major differences such as how the roof functions, how often you'll need roofers, and many more.


Maintenance

As to the maintenance of pitched roofs, specifically, there are both advantages and disadvantages to it. Because of the slope, it is more difficult to clean and inspect a pitched roof. Special equipment is needed to keep the people doing the task safe. Great Home also points out that out that, except for minor repairs, work on pitched roof almost always needs scaffolding.

On the other hand, the sloped structure of a pitched roof also lessens the amount of maintenance done throughout the roof's lifetime. The slope is way better in dealing with precipitation. There's little to no chance of standing water on the roof. According to World Weather Online, Croydon has a moderate amount of precipitation throughout the year. The same is true for Surrey, so this characteristic is important.

Costs

In terms of initial building costs, pitched roofs are more expensive by a wide margin, provided every other specification is equal. In the long run, though, less need for repairs and maintenance may well compensate for this.

Basic Structure

When it comes to structure, pitched roofs also present a good number of advantages. First off, they provide more stability and structure to the house. Furthermore, it offers better drainage, which is helpful when the rainy days come. The slope of the roof gives it an inherent structural advantage.

Aesthetics

When it comes to looks, the pitched roof provides an air of tradition. For many people, a pitched roof gives more of a homey feel. If your preference is along this line, then this is the roofing style for you. If you're leaning towards a more contemporary look, then a flat roof might be more to your style.

Pitched roofs have both advantages and disadvantages across all aspects. In any case, whatever type of roof you have, it will need care. So, have it inspected regularly and have repairs done immediately as needed, most ideally by professional roofers such as those from Brunwin Professional Roofing Services, to keep it in good condition.

Sources:
Pitched Roof Problems And Roof Repairs, Great Home
Croydon Monthly Climate Average, United Kingdom, World Weather Online