Classic roofs have astounding qualities. They’re beautiful and easily distinguishable from the curb. Plus, many homeowners favor them because of their timeless appeal. However, flat roofs always have cutting-edge, norm-challenging designs that appeal to your adventurous side. Which one works best for your current property?
Both traditional and flat roofs have pros and cons.
Traditional roofs are:
- Convenient because many London, ON roofers can quickly install your roof
- Much more affordable (asphalt shingles) but can give you luxurious options (clay and slate tiles).
- Easier and much more affordable than flat roofs.
- Guaranteed zero water pooling because of its high pitch.
On the other hand, you get the following advantages from flat roofs
- Expanded real estate space because you have a full-flat-roofed room.
- Improved insulation thanks to roof attic
- HVAC roof installations
- Advanced vinyl siding options for excellent aesthetics.
Resi UK has an excellent post comparing the two roofing styles together. Read more about them below.
Pros of a flat roof
In the past, flat roofs had a pretty bad reputation. However, thanks to new materials giving them extra strength, you’ll be seeing them pop up more and more in contemporary home design.
One reason why more homeowners are turning to them is speed. Flat roofs take a lot less time to construct than pitched. This is a real bonus if you want to cut both your contractor costs, and if you want to avoid long periods paying rent on temporary accommodation during the construction phase.
What’s more, flat roofs require fewer materials, giving them an even greater cost advantage. On the whole, if you’re looking to make savings, flat roofs are often the cheaper of the two.
Flat roofs are also very compact, taking up less head height than pitched. This could work in your favour if you’re converting a garage or building an extension, both of which will be subject to planning rules that could restrict the height of your project.
And don’t worry about rain gathering up there. Though they don’t have the same level of drainage as pitched, flat roofs are cleverly designed to subtly stop water from pooling and flooding your home.
Cons of a flat roof
Flat roofs are now commonly made from a material known as EPDM, which has helped take their lifespan from 20 years to 30. However, this is still 20 less years than you’ll get from a pitched roof.
You could further increase its longevity by laying down an asphalt roof, but this will require either a concrete base to start with or a similar strengthed foundation. And again, even with this extra work, it is still unlikely that it will outlive its pitched counterpart.
Flat roofs will also require much more maintenance, and therefore incur more day to day costs. It might be, with maintenance, and the early replacement, your flat roof eats away all those initial savings you got during construction.
How much does a flat roof cost?
The cost of a flat roof will depend on your chosen building material. On average, to build a flat roof, you’ll be looking at…
- Felt – £50 – 70 m2 (square metre)
- EPDM – £80 – 100 m2
- Fibreglass – £90 – 120 m2
However, take these prices with a pinch of salt. Prices will vary hugely, depending on your location, accessibility, the details of the job, and the expertise level of your tradesperson. (Continued)
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