Top Roof Types + Their Pros and Cons…

When building a new house, there are hundreds of things to think about, especially deciding what the right type of roof is for your property.

A roof does a lot more than just protecting the building and tenants from the elements outside; it also shapes the entire property.

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Roofing materials and what the best is for your propertyPitched Roofs

Pitched roofs are recognised by their triangular or ‘pointy’ shape. A lot of houses in the UK have a pitched roof and are the standard here.

Benefits: These roofs will easily shed snow and rain water and can also provide extra space for a loft conversion to be able to create another room. These are one of the easiest roof types to build.

Disadvantages:  Pitched roofs can cause problems when there is high wind. Without adequate support, high winds can cause materials to peel away from the structure.

Materials used: Shingles, Cedar, Metal and Concrete tiles.

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Hip Roof

A hip roof is constructed to have slopes on all sides which come together at the top as a way of forming a ridge.

Benefits: These are much more stable compared to pitched roofs and are excellent in high winds and in the snow.  Hip roofs also allows for extra room by adding a dormer.

Disadvantages: These are slightly more expensive to build compared to pitched roofs as they are more complex which means more materials will need to be used.

Materials used: Shingles, Cedar, Metal and Concrete tiles.

Flat Roof

The clue’s in the same – this roof is completely flat. They often have a slight pitch in order to allow water to run-off, however this is unnoticeable. See more information.

Benefits: You will create extra living space on the roof to create a patio or garden. You can also put cooling/heating units on flat roofs as a way of keeping them out of sight.

Disadvantages: These roofs are more likely to have leaks compared to other types. If you live in a high rainfall or snowy area, this roof isn’t recommended.