Top Roof Types + Their Pros and Cons…

There are a number of roofing types available for homeowners, however, it’s always difficult to choose the best roofing type for your commercial, residential or industrial property.

It all depends on the type of roof you want and what aspects are important for you.

Do you want to focus on durability? What about the environmental benefits?

These are just some of the questions you’ll have to ask yourself before settling on the perfect roofing material for you.

We take a look at three popular roofing types and how they can benefit your property.


Flat Roofs

As the name suggests, a flat roof is completely flat, although they can be slightly pitched to allow for rainwater to flow towards the drains.

Although you might be tempted to use traditional roofing material such as felt, popular roofing materials such as a rubber membrane has a number of benefits. More on flat roofs in the UK.

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: Given their flat nature, a flat roof might not seem as attractive compared to pitched roofs. However, materials such as a rubber membrane can offer a sleek design if that’s the look you want for your property.

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 allow 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.

Pitched 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 rainwater 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.