Why Pitched Roofs are a great choice for you
There are a few main types of roofs that are adapted into different roofing styles. The main ones are - Pitched or sloping roofs, Flat roofs and curved roofs. The pitched roof is one of the common roofing styles built on homes around the world. Apart from being very convenient to build and repair, it holds several benefits that make it one of the most popular roofing styles.
Nowadays, with numerous home-style options available to people there is a demand for different types of roofing styles adopted in all types of buildings as per their design requirements. Pitched roofs have been a great choice for hundreds of years due to their unique features which distinguish them from other types. It has many advantages over flat or curved roofs.
What are the advantages of pitched roofs compared to other roofing types?
The main advantage of pitched roofs is that they are durable and long-lasting. They can easily last for more than 50 years. Another advantage of this roofing type is its ability to channel water away from the surface, thanks to its sloping nature. This helps prevent water damage during rainy seasons on the roof as well as inside your house due to any leaks or cracks caused by heavy rain or melting snow during the winter seasons.
These roofs have a low impact on energy costs since they help reduce thermal loss by offering insulation against heat transfer from below roof level. Pitched roofs also provide additional space available within the attic with convenient access to storage, ductwork, plumbing, wiring for easy installation without compromising the integrity of your house.
Pitched roofs are a popular choice for homeowners because of their many advantages and relatively low cost. The market is filled with different types, colours and shapes to help you find one that will fit your home's style best.
What are the disadvantages of pitched roofs when compared to other types of roofs?
There are also some disadvantages with pitch roofs like any other roofing type. Because pitched roofs have low sloped sidewalls they can leak in case there is damage or if proper maintenance was not provided over the years. In some cases, such leaks can go undetected for long periods of time further leading to structural damage or even potential collapse if left unattended for years on end. Improper installation may also result in leaks if a pitch is too steep.
Compared to other roof types, pitched roofs need regular maintenance. Repairing and replacing shingles, flashing and gutters often need to be done on pitched roofs more frequently than others because they are exposed to high amounts of weather-related damage over time. This also increases the overall cost of owning this type of roof as repairs are not cheap and may need to be done sooner depending on how old your home or business is.
Why is the steepness of the pitch of a roof important?
The pitch of a roof determines how effectively the water will flow off and away from your home or business. The steeper the pitch, the more effective water will be removed from your property. Having too low of a pitch leaves you open to having leaks due to trapped moisture.
Pitches are measured in degrees and typically fall between 3/12 (a 3-in-12 slope) to 45/90 (a 45-degree angle), although there are other factors that can affect this such as framing distance between trusses, structural ceiling height differences and street grades. Low pitches may not provide proper drainage for heavy rains or snow melting which could cause pooling on your roof deck. High pitches can also cause pooling depending on how deep your water drains are.
In summary, the steeper the pitch, the better it will handle high-velocity rains and snow melting. The lower the pitch, the better it will drain flat roofs.
One of the drawbacks with low pitches is that they can be hard to access in case there's a leak or obstruction that needs cleaning/repairing. On high pitches, you may need to watch out for rain pools or ice damming and check your roof lines after large amounts of snowfall from heavy winds. Low pitched roofs should not normally need maintenance unless they've had damage due to trees falling on them or weight-bearing objects being kept on them like A/C units and satellite dishes which would cause sagging if not secured properly.
What are the types of pitch roofs?
There are four common types of pitches used in residential construction. They range from shallow to steep, and they will generally correspond to the region where you live and its climate.
Low-pitched roofs are the most common found on homes today, and this is due to a couple of reasons – first being that it's easier for contractors to install them than high-pitched ones because there is less cutting involved when installing gutters since they're more square as opposed to triangular-shaped. Low pitched roofs also cost less than higher ones, whether you go with asphalt shingles or metal roof installation.
Low Pitch Roof benefits include:
Of course, you can find many variations of the pitched roofing as well. The most common are Dormers.
Dormers are small additions on top of a pitch that stores additional space. Many owners enjoy building them into their homes because they offer so much extra living area to work with. These additions can be built either by extending the existing roof or by adding to it entirely. Most experts recommend 2:12 is achieved between the slope of the dormer and main roof. Roofs with 2:12 slope have a gentle pitch to them.
When your roof is flat it can be rather hard to place objects on top of it without fear of sliding off, but adding dormers solves this problem entirely. Whether you're choosing to go with an angled or straight dormer model, they are all pretty easy to build from scratch and don't require much expertise in the building process.
One not so common type of pitched roof is the hipped type that features hips formed by 2 sloping planes aligned following the shape of the roof. These types of roofs provide more living space than gable roofs because they feature additional height without increasing width. They are also easier to construct than many other types because there's no need to make cuts or add dormers.
What is the estimated cost of a installing a pitched roof?
The estimated cost of a pitched roof depends on a number of factors. The main factors are size of the roof and the type of pitched roof. The building style and the location of the property are other factors. In terms of estimated costs for pitched roofs, you will be looking between £3000 to £5000 all in for a standard building. This will cover labour and material costs. It maybe higher based on taste or the complexity of the building.
What is the process for installing pitched roofs?
When building a pitched roof, the first thing that needs to be done is determining which materials you can use and how to fix them together into one unit. This process will depend on what type of roof you're working with, but most roofs are made of either asphalt shingles or metal panels.
Rubberized glue is used to hold these materials together. After agreeing on the material, you can make provision for chimneys, skylights or vents by adding framing based on the installation requirements. There may be insulation requirements or none. After this phase comes attaching the shingles/panels in an appropriate pattern and providing finishing touches like making sure all edges have been properly sealed.
Are pitched roofs much better than flat roofs?
There are three main reasons as to why pitched roofs are a better choice:
They protect from leaks and water damage. Pitched roofs serve a number of purposes, which includes protection from the elements and temperature regulation. Both flat and gently sloping roofs have their own pros and cons but when it comes to leakage or water damage prevention, pitched roofs win hands down. The right pitch angle will ensure rainwater drains directly off the roof without pooling on top of it – as is the case with exceedingly steep pitches. This lets you prevent the accumulation of ice and snow that would lead to major structural damage if not dealt with promptly enough. Flat or unusually low-sloped roofs need to be caulked regularly, additional flashing installed during construction may have to be manually put in place if a building is renovated or there's a need for extra roofing materials.
They aid ventilation and stormwater disposal. Pitched roofs serve as excellent agents of ventilation too, though they can be tricky to use this way since they have to actually reach at least halfway up the walls before being used for such purposes. Nonetheless, when done properly, pitched roofs let warm air escape from within through natural convection and take cold air with it – an effect that works equally well as in summer and winter seasons. Pitch also allows rainwater to drain away, thus reducing the risks of potentially devastating build-up inside the attic space. Just make sure you don't give your roof so much as a slight tilt upwards, as this can cause water to collect even faster than ever in the worst weather conditions.
Not only that but pitched roofs also prevent rain from accumulating in their gutters during rainy seasons. Gutter downspouts – those pipes used to redirect collected rainwater away from the main structure of a house or building – are thus naturally protected against clogging and overflowing. The beauty of it all is that these pitch roofs work so well on small buildings and single-family homes alike since they were originally developed for such purposes too. So regardless of whether you want a place where you actually live for yourself and your family, or just something more commercial like an office building or warehouse instead, pitched roofs will do their job just fine.
At Winchester Roofing, we are specialists in installing all types of pitched roofs for domestic and commercial properties in Winchester. If you need a roof renewal, roof repair or a completely new roof installation in Winchester, our team are on hand to offer an exceptional service. We also handle pitch roof insulation or pitched roof extensions for many properties in Winchester and surrounding areas. Not sure what to do? Call us for free advice and a free no-obligation quote.