When planning a reroofing, residential sloped roofs deserve as much consideration as flat roofs even though both come with distinct advantages over the other. Last week, this blog explored the pluses of flat roofs with their lower cost of installation and ability to get more out of solar panels. This week, sloped roofs are getting their due attention. In what ways are sloped roofs superior to flat roofs? Read on to find out.
Superior Rain Resistance
Common sense should tell you that rain rolls right off a roof and assuming the gutters are clean, away from a building if it hits an incline. Flat roofs provide much more protection from the elements than they used to thanks to innovations in membrane system technology. And at times, flat roofs are set up at an angle to help deflect the rain. But ultimately, when it comes to stopping solid precipitation from damaging a building over time, sloped roofs remain the better option.
Especially for those who live in an area prone to seasonal bursts of heavy rain and snow, sloped roofs tend to last longer than flat roofs. This is partially due to the aforementioned resilience against the elements. In addition, the materials often used for sloped roofs – steel, and asphalt shingles from acclaimed distributors such as GAF – are noted for the duration and duress under which they can survive.
Attic or Loft Space
While a flat roof provides a walkable space on top of a building that can be used to place a storage shed or an industrial-sized air conditioner, neither of these features are necessarily practical for individual homeowners. Meanwhile, the interior area of a sloped roof can be treated almost like an extra room. It can be finished and converted into a bedroom or a rec room, used as an attic or for whatever the homeowner feels like doing with it.
Easier to Spot Damage
When a problem arises with a flat roof, a homeowner might not even notice it unless they happen to spend a lot of time walking around on the top of their house. But obviously, the sides of a sloped roof could be visible from the driveway, backyard, front yard and so forth. If rain, snow or debris becomes stopped up or the roof is damaged a homeowner whose roof is sloped will know right away, well before the problem can evolve into a more serious situation.