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Barn roofs vs flat roofs: pros & cons

November 18th, 2015

When you are considering the roofing option that would best suit your own property, you will need to consider a wide range of factors. Some of these will likely relate to your specific individual circumstances, such as your budget and appearance preferences, but there are also many more universal parameters that you will need to think about when selecting a particular type of roof.

If, for example, you are contemplating the choice of a barn roof or flat roof, you may wish to read these pros and cons first.

Barn roofing – the ‘traditional’ look

There is, of course, no universally accepted measure of what shape a barn roof should take, although when most people refer to such a roof, they are referring to the more traditional ‘pitched’ roof design.

This form of roofing – characterised by its multiple slopes rising to meet at a point – has the obvious advantage of creating lots of usable space in the attic area. A well-constructed pitched roof will also probably last much longer than a flat roof, while its appearance may help it to better blend in with any nearby buildings of a more time-honoured style.

On the negative side, however, the more complicated design of pitched roofs – necessitating additional building materials and man-hours – does tend to add significantly to their expense when compared to flat roofs.

 

Why you may – or may not – consider a flat roof

A flat roof may appeal to you even for a barn, not least on account of its sheer low cost, with both the materials and labour required being much lower than is the case for a pitched roof.

You also have a lot of material options for a flat roof – here at ELC Roofing Ltd, we use a three layer torch-on system (ICOPAL Lasergold mineral) that is guaranteed for 15-20 years, which is a good lifespan for a flat roof, albeit somewhat less than that of a typical well-made pitched roof.

Flat roofing is often chosen for smaller structures like dormers, porches, garages and extensions, and although many people fear that their flat roof will hold too much standing water, in practice, many flat roofs are actually slightly pitched in order to avoid this.

Does that last fact mean that deciding between a traditional pitched barn roof and a more contemporary-looking flat roof isn’t as black-and-white a choice as you might think? Perhaps. If you are finding it difficult to decide which roofing option would make the most sense for your building, feel free to contact our experts here at ELC Roofing Ltd at any time for the most tailored advice.

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