By Mutoni Patience    Posted on   Jun 06, 2018 12:42 PM
A high pitched roof is the roof that is usually seen on residential houses with a high slope. A flat roof is a low slope roof (No roof is ever really flat) that is usually seen on commercial buildings and on some residential houses.
It appears, I have noticed, that many people choose which roof type by just copying their neighbor or friends house. However it should not be like that, It is better to know the pros and cons of what you are doing before you set out to do it.
Here in Rwanda, the high pitched house is very much the norm.We have compared a few comparisons between the two to help you get an idea of what it is that you are going for
Cost: When it comes to the issue of cost, the flat roof is much more affordable and economical compared to th high pitched roof. This explains why it is more common with commercial buildings. It would be very uneconomical to use a high pitched roof on a large commercial building. The high pitched roof requires more material than the low pitched/ flat roof
Secondly, the high pitched roof due to its weight will exert more pressure on the foundation of the house. This will call for deeper footings when constructing the house. It is usually not feasible to replace a flat roof with high pitched one.
Aesthetic: This one calls for a lot of debate. Some people say that the high pitched roof appears more beautiful than the flat roof.They argue that it gives room for experimentation with different styles and inventive designs.However, they say' beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder'. There is still a lot to experiment with a flat roof such as roof top gardens, living roofs etc
Maintenance: As far as maintenance is concerned, the high pitched roof is easier to maintain as it is not prone to pools of water. Debris and ice and snow staying on the roof top for colder countries. This will make it have a longer life span.However if well designed and installed a flat roof can be made to last longer up to around 30 years.
Storage: Roofs do provide storage. For the high pitched roof, the dead space between the roof and the attic provide storage space which can be utilised. For the flat roof, installation of larger equipment such as solar panels can be easier .
If you are deciding to construct a house in the future, think through it and decide what suits you best. In my view point of view though, in countries like ours where we are not faced with issues such as heavy snow and ice plus we still have a lot to achieve economically, a flat roofed house would be a much more affordable and economic option.
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