Should Your Extension Have A Flat Or A Pitched Roof?

Should Your Extension Have A Flat Or A Pitched Roof?

Choosing the right roof for your extension

The two most popular choices for extension roofs are flat or pitched, keep reading to find out more about both options.

Many things will affect your decision but the most important factor is based on your style and personal preferences.

If you are unsure what style would suit your build best, keep reading to see the other factors that are important when making this decision.

What is a flat roof?

A flat roof is often used in extension building to add a more modern feel to the building. They are also popular as they create more space and are generally cheaper than pitched roofs, due to the fact that there are fewer materials needed for the surface area.

Of course, flat roofs are not completely flat; they have a 10-degree slope to ensure rainwater is properly drained.

A pitched roof, however, has two or more slopes, creating a peak where they join, these are more common on houses and therefore you may want to consider this style in keeping with the roof of your home.

Flat roofs have been adopted by architects in the last 10 – 20 years to create a more contemporary design.

See more reasons why flat roofs are so popular.

Usually made from asphalt, flat roofs have moved to A 3mm thick rubber material called EPDM which creates a more seamless and modern looking finish to the building, making them more desirable for modern extensions as well as being a more eco-friendly option due to their recyclable properties.

If you are looking for a more affordable option, a flat roof may be the style of choice as fewer materials are used to apply and maintain the roof and the materials used can be extremely durable.

Flat roofs also offer less hassle when it comes to architectural strains, as pitched roofs may have implications on the foundations of the building.

While pitched roofs are generally more costly, they offer a number of benefits that are not available with flat roofs

Pitched roofs offer the possibility of storage in the loft of the roof.

Pitched roofs are a more attractive option when it comes to classic houses and having your extension fit in with the flow of the original house.

This is especially if you are building a  two-storey extension onto a pitched roof home.

You may be surprised to find that there is a range of materials that can be used on pitched roofs, they don’t all have to be tiled.

The EPDM material mentioned earlier can even be used on pitched roofs. Click here to find out more on EPDM pitched roofs.

The main thing to consider in this decision is ultimately your planning permission. More.

You need to find out what your local area permits, upon this you may find that the design you desire is not allowed.

Some places even prohibit the use of particular materials or roof colours, so making sure your council permits your idea is the first key step in choosing your roof.