By Shelly, Jul 12 2016 02:29PM
Typically there are two types of roofs on most houses you see, regardless of age or style – those being a pitched (pointed) roof or a flat roof.
A 'flat roof' is actually a slight misconception because, in order to enable rainwater to drain away, flat roofs have a slight pitch (or slope) of a few degrees, to take the water away effectively, so as not to cause damage to the roof.
There are certain pros and cons of flat and pitched roofs to consider before you make a final decision on considering a property with a flat roof, over its pitched counterpart.
A pitched roof has at least two slopes that rise to meet at a peak and they are known for their durability and decent lifespan. Also, a pitched roof allows you to have usable life or storage space in the loft area. This is a feature that a flat roof simply can't match.
You will also benefit from added insulation, as rooms in the house will not be affected by varying extreme temperatures that can be a drawback of having a flat roof.
Conversely however, pitched roofs do not come cheap. Their initial design is more complex than a flat roof, so labour and material costs mean that they are usually a far more expensive option to build than a flat roof and, therefore, repairs can sometimes also be a costly affair.