Are you wondering whether to convert your roof? Would you like some advice?

There is a tendency for the materials used on older roofs to deteriorate under UV light, sunlight or through the affects of standing water. One solution to the problems these flaws cause is to convert your flat roof to a pitched roof.

Although a conversion is expensive, in some cases it is the best option. Whether or not you choose to convert your roof is likely to depend on both your budget and your relationship to the building.

There are some excellent flat roof solutions available so for example, if you are a tenant, it is probably not worth your while to convert a flat roof to a pitched one unless the support system has been so badly damaged by leaks that you are going to have to replace the entire superstructure of the roof, anyway. Conversely, if you are a landlord in the process of refurbishing a property to sell or let you will have different concerns and for you, a conversion may be the best choice, even if it costs more.


If you are thinking of converting your flat roof to pitched, here are a few reasons why pitched roofs can perform better than flat.

  1. Pitched roofs allow for better drainage.

  2. The angle of the roof allows water to run off at increased speeds. It also runs through gullies and guttering faster than water off a flat roof, allowing more dirt and dead plant matter to be washed away and keeping gutters and drains clearer.

  3. On the whole, a pitched roof can last longer than a flat roof.

  4. Many of the flat roofing systems coming onto the market are likely to last longer than older types. Some have manufacturer’s guarantees of 15 years upwards which means they are more likely to last as much as 25 years or more. However, a pitched roof is still likely to outlast even these flat roofing systems.

  5. A pitched roof requires less maintenance than a flat roof.

  6. A pitched roof can bear more weight than a flat roof allowing a wider choice in roofing systems and safer maintenance.

  7. Pitched roofs tend to withstand gale damage better than flat roofs because of their aerodynamic shape.