Undertaking any building project is exciting and nerve racking. This is especially true if you have a limited amount of experience with the type of project you have in mind. If you are building an extension or even a new home you will need to consider which type of roof is the most appropriate for your build. There are two main options; these are the standard pitched roof and the flat roof. Both systems have their merits. You may need to consider whether the benefits of using a flat roof outweigh the negatives and actually make it the right solution in your particular project.
The first thing to consider is what style are the houses in your neighbourhood. It is unlikely that you will be allowed to cover your house in a flat roof if all the other houses in the area have traditional pitched roofs. It is possible that a flat roof could be part of an extension. However, generally speaking you will only be able to complete a modern house with a flat roof if you are confident that the planning body will be happy with it; it is advisable to speak to them before you commit to much time to your new project.
A flat roof will always be a cheaper option than the standard pitched roof. This is because it does not require as much wood for the frame, the roofing material is cheaper and the fitting can be completed in less time. A flat roof can be the ideal solution if you need a project completed but have limited funds available.
Another advantage of a properly constructed flat roof is that you will be able to walk on it. Providing you can easily access the flat roof you can gain some valuable additional space at home. You can choose to use the space as a garden; especially if you do not have a useable one at present. Alternatively the flat roof can be the right spot to place any air conditioning modules or even to create a solar panel installation which will power your home.
You will find that a flat roof is easy to get onto and move around on. This means that you can regularly check for damage and wear and tear and fix any issue before you encounter a problem inside your property.
Of course, if you do decide that flat roofing is the right option for your project you should be aware that it does not generally last as long as a tiled roof. A flat roof also has no apparent drain; although they should be set at a very slight pitch it is possible for water to sit on the roof and damage the membrane; eventually seeping into your joists and even into the interior decoration. If you are going to select this option then make sure the job is completed properly.