Many older homes in the UK have flat roofs on a portion of their structures. They were usually placed over additions such as porches, conservatories, or attached garages. However, many people are converting their flat roofs to pitched roofs for these reasons.
One of the main reasons why homeowners make the decision to convert flat roofs to pitched roofs is to prevent water leaks. If flat roofs have been poorly installed, then there may be gaps in the waterproof membranes that will allow water to leak inside of the houses when water pools on them.
In addition, small animals or birds scurrying across the membrane can cause damage that allows water to leak in as well. However, a pitched roof allows the water to roll off, causing fewer leak issues.
No roof lasts forever but a well-built pitched roof will usually far exceed the life of a flat roof. While most roofers will quote 20 to 30 years for the lifespan of a flat roof, many homeowners will experience failure within 10 years. The lifespan of a pitched roof designed and built by roofers in Rowley Regis is approximately 40 years if not longer.
When a pitched roof is built on a flat roof, the homeowners can use the additional space to expand their house. They can use the area for an extra bedroom, a study, or a playroom for their children. By expanding the interiors of their homes, homeowners don’t have to consider moving as their families grows and it will add value as well.
By having a pitched roof designed and built over the flat one on your home, the new roof can prevent damaging water leaks, it will last longer, and the space can be used to expand the size of your home for your growing family.