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If you are in the process of designing and constructing a new home or building in the East Valley, choosing a roof could be a critical decision. The style of roof you decide on can affect your new home’s construction, function, appearance, and cost. Weighing all options before making a decision is going to be an important part of the design process. 

Typically, you have the option between a pitched roof and a flat roof. Which option is best for your new Arizona home? We are going to help you make the best decision by comparing the two roofing styles and the advantages of each. 

Pitched Roof vs. Flat Roof

When deciding which roofing style is going to be best for your home, your available budget and goals are important factors. Being clear about how much you want to spend will help your architect include the best roofing options for your new home. Also being clear on your goals for your property will help you decide the best look, necessary lifespan, and maintenance needs.

What is a Pitched Roof?

A pitched roof is most recognized by the peak or slope and triangle shape at the top of a home. These roofs are the most common for residential spaces, especially because they add a tall attic inside the home.

Pitched roofs also offer a traditional look to the styling of the home. 

When determining if a pitched roof is the best for your new home, take into consideration the roof pitch. This is the steepness of the roof and it can have a major impact on the look of your home. You will also want to discuss the roof pitch with your architect as some materials require a minimum pitch. The pitch can also affect the amount of material used and in turn, the cost of the roof. You can learn more about roof pitches here.


Advantages of a Pitched Roof

  • Choice of Materials: Choosing a pitched roof for a home or business also means you get to choose a material for the roof. Most common in Arizona is tile as it can withstand the harsh temperatures and is aesthetically pleasing. Asphalt shingles and metal are commonly used on homes in Arizona as well. Each of these materials come in a variety of shapes, colors, and design offering the ability to customize your roof to match your design taste. 
  • Less Prone For Leaks: Pitched roofs are designed specifically to direct water away from the roof. Flashing, gutters, and underlayment is installed to carry water away from the roof, especially the most vulnerable places. Water does not have the chance to pool up. The quicker the water is removed from your roof, the less time it has to wear away the material, find a small crack, and create a leak. 
  • Long Lifespan: A pitched roof, no matter what material you choose, typically has a lifespan well over 25 years. Depending on the material you select for your new roof, you may never need to replace it while you live in your home. Proper maintenance and timely repairs will help extend the life of your pitched roof as well. Other factors that can affect the lifespan of your roof include design, quality of material and installation, and environmental factors. Be sure to discuss these items with your contractor if you are concerned about the lifespan.

What is a Flat Roof?

Flat roofs are, of course, mostly flat. They are common on commercial buildings, but becoming more popular on modern homes because of their contemporary appearance. Though you may think the roof is completely flat, in fact, most are designed with a small slope. This is to ensure water can find its way to your gutter system. 

Advantages of a Flat Roof

  • Less Installation Cost: The initial cost to install a flat roof is far less than that of a pitched roof. With the roof being flat, there is not much risk to the roofer during installation. Less materials are  used and flat roofs can be installed much quicker than pitched roofs keeping costs down. Their simple design makes them an attractive option for home and business owners. 
  • Outdoor Space Usage: Flat roofs are very common for commercial buildings as they provide additional space to store HVAC equipment, refrigeration machinery, and other necessary items for building functionality. If you choose a flat roof for your home, you have the option to install your HVAC equipment on your roof and may even have space for a rooftop patio, if the structure allows. 
  • Attractive Look: A popular trend right now is a clean, sleek look. The best way to achieve this look for your Arizona home is a flat roof. The modern aesthetic offers minimalist lines to any commercial or residential that will not disappoint. A roof is an important aspect of the home and can be a deciding factor should you ever choose to sell.

What’s Your Preference?

Constructing a new home or building in Arizona can be quite the undertaking, but the benefits can be incredible. Choosing the best style and design of roof will ultimately come down to your personal preference between a flat or pitched roof. Educating yourself and understanding the advantages and disadvantages of both could end up saving you in the long run. 

Craven Construction is here to support you throughout the building process. We are available to answer any questions you may have about the different roofing materials and styles. Contact our team for a FREE estimate to install a new roof. Our team of professionals are available to assess your blueprints and offer you the best installation.

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About Craven Construction

Craven Construction is dedicated to providing our customers with honest and reliable roofing services. With over 19 years of residential and commercial experience, we are here to serve you and all of your roofing needs.

Our team of experienced roofers is licensed and knowledgeable in working with all types of roofing. We offer high quality roofing services and are capable of getting your project completed in a timely, efficient manner.