10 Benefits of pitched roofs

Posted On Wednesday, 01 December 2021 20:36

A pitched roof is one that has a slope, either shallow or steep. While the most influential benefits are aesthetic, there are several other beneficial aspects to having a home with a pitched roof.

1. Aesthetic value

A home with a pitched roof looks more attractive than one without. The structures of the houses in these regions often inspired the design of the Gothic cathedrals which featured high roofs and pointed steeples, such as Notre-Dame de Paris.

2. Increased ventilation

Pitched roofs provide increased ventilation when compared to flat roofs. The angle of the roof encourages airflow to flow under it, cooling the home in summer and pushing warm air up and out through convection. This can be beneficial when using air conditioning or fans for cooling purposes.

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3. Improved airflow

Flat roofs are known to trap air underneath, causing warm pockets. The trapped air can make the home feel warmer in summer and colder in winter. Pitched roofs allow for airflow during both seasons, preventing pockets of warm or cold air from forming.

4. Increased weight capacity

The sloped shape of a pitched roof allows for more headroom inside the home. This makes it easier to use space under the sloped portion of the roof, be it a basement or attic.

5. Resistance against strong winds

Pitched roofs are more wind resistant than flat roofs. Their shape, combined with their size and weight, makes them better at withstanding high winds. A strong gust of wind can remove a flat roof easily while a pitched roof remains intact.

6. Cheaper to maintain

Pitched roofs require less maintenance than flat roofs because they do not have seams or ridges which collect debris and dirt. This means that there is no need for frequent cleaning or replacement of parts such as shingles.

7. Improved shingles

Flat roofs use three layers of asphalt-impregnated felt rather than one layer of shingle, which is used on pitched roofs. Thicker wood planks and trusses are also often added for increased strength and stability while lesser materials such as plywood can be used to speed up construction time.

8. Faster and cheaper to install

A flat roof requires a large number of seams and ridges while a pitched roof can be constructed using fewer pieces or even a single piece. This reduces labor costs during installation and eliminates the need for waterproof sealants between layers. Using more lightweight materials such as plywood can reduce labor costs even further.

9. Easy to install solar panels

Due to the low slope of a pitched roof, solar panels can be installed easily on rooftops. They can even be attached directly to plywood without worrying about leaks. This makes it easier and cheaper for homeowners who wish to generate their own electricity using renewable sources.

10. Easy water collection

Pitched roofs can be used to collect rainwater for later use. Water is directed into a tank through gutters and downspouts, which are installed on the roof by a team of experienced professionals.

Pitched roofs are aesthetically pleasing, wind-resistant, and require little to no maintenance while offering many other benefits. They can withstand strong winds that could easily topple flatter structures while their sloped design prevents pockets of warm or cold air from forming inside the home. The flat roof is also very expensive to install, whereas pitched roofs can be installed quickly and at a lower cost.

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