Choosing between a flat or pitched roof for your extension can be a puzzling question, as both have advantages and disadvantages that you need to consider before making that final decision. It is equally important to understand and factor in the size and style of the extension, as well as the budget you have set aside for the project.
Flat roofing can provide an aesthetically pleasing modern look, ideal for a contemporary new build. If you are on a tight budget this style of roofing would be perfect to consider, as it is practical and both material and labour costs are considerably lower than that of a traditional roof. Replacing a flat roof can usually, dependant on size, be completed in one working day which is a real advantage to take in to consideration. However, a flat roof is sensitive to change in temperature and can encounter cracking. This style of roofing is also more likely to attract moss and algae making maintenance harder over time; leaking can also be common. However, with regular maintenance checks and ensuring that gutters are cleared regularly, this is less likely to occur.
A pitched roof has the traditional look perfect for most homes, and its design offers exceptional drainage; perfect for homes located in areas that receive large amounts of rainfall. Importantly, the life span of the pitched style is considerably longer than that of a flat roof and this is credited not only to the design and being more water resistant but also to the materials used. However, compared to the construction of a flat roof, the pitched roof is a far more complicated build and the additional weight can put a strain on the existing foundations of your home. Many extra hours of labour and additional building materials will be required for this project, so costs will be higher.
It is important to take all these factors into consideration before making a decision. At Lelliotts Enterprises, we are happy to offer any extra building advice you may need. Contact us for an informal, friendly chat about your project.