The roof is the protective shield of your home, keeping you and your family safe from the elements. The roof is regularly forgotten about, in particular from a maintenance of home improvement point of view. The only times we usually remember to think about our roof is when we’re converting the loft, or we have a major leak and want to know where it came from!
The thing is, it’s bad practice to wait for a problem to arise before we act. We should be preventing the issue before it even happens! To that end, this post is designed to explain the two major roof types and what you can do to make them better before you experience any issues.
Pitched roofs are the most recognisable and common roofs on the market. When your little one draws a house, they draw it with a pointy top – that’s a pitched roof. The word ‘pitched’ actually means “at an angle,” so a pitched roof doesn’t necessarily need to reach a point in the middle, it can also just be one long side or even multiple points – as long as it’s not flat.
Flat roofs are usually topped with slate, concrete or traditional tiles which are layered to prevent any water entering the building. The angled nature of this roofing type can make it difficult to perform maintenance safely, so make sure to contact a professional pitched roofing company if you do need any repairs or work to be done.
How to Improve It
Most of the major maintenance that can make your pitched roof more effective or impressive is cosmetic. Primarily, changing the tiles on your roof can completely alter the look of your home (for the better) and is definitely worth considering if you have some money spare and want to spice up your property’s appearance. There are a huge number of roof tiling options out there and getting your tiles replaced is a form of waterproof maintenance too, as the previously tired or cracked tiles are swapped for fresh ones. It’s a win-win.
Flat roofs are the other major category of roof and they look exactly how they sound – they’re flat and usually feature a felt cover to keep water out. Whilst flat roofs aren’t particularly common in the UK, they are still in use and if you have one, you will likely know about some of the points I’m going to cover, already. The primary advantage of a flat roof is that the space can be converted and used for other means, but they also come with a few challenges too.
How to Improve It
In regards to maintenance, most of the work will be sweeping up and disposing of foreign objects on the roof like leaves and sticks. Beyond that, the major home improvements you can make to your roof are lifestyle oriented. You can convert your flat roof into anything you like if you have the funds! The most luxurious option would be a swimming pool of course, though the space below the roof would have to be considered for this to be a viable option. More tame and common choices are rooftop gardens and terraces to enjoy quaint summer evenings out in the open air.
Regardless of the size of your flat roof improvement, with the construction and housing sector set to grow over the next few years, you can expect to see more small roofing businesses in your area and in turn, potentially cheaper prices.
With any luck, this post will have given you some inspiration or ideas about how you can make your roof that little bit more special. It’s unadvisable to do anything too drastic to your roof without a professional present though – you really don’t want to damage your property (or yourself). Stay safe and I hope this helps!