When you’re considering home improvements, the pitch of your roof can easily crop up. A pitched roof generally adds value to a property, as well as providing more space and a better overall aesthetic. But it’s also something that can be challenging to plan for and install. So, should you change your roof’s pitch? Read on as we weigh up the pros and cons.

Why change the pitch?

There are multiple reasons why homeowners may want to change the pitch of their roof. The first is simply for a better appearance. Flat or low-pitched roofs are a practical, cost-efficient option for roof covering. But their compromised appearance is more suited to commercial properties. Adding a pitched roof can make a home look ten times better and increase its value as a result.

  • Eliminating structural problems

A pitched roof can also eliminate structural problems. Flat or low-pitched roofs can result in poor drainage, especially if they’re not installed properly. Getting them replaced with a similar roof may not solve the underlying problem, leaving the replaced roof sagging over time. For you, that means throwing good money after bad.

  • Extra space

Adjusting the roof is also a way to gain more space in your home. Many homeowners want more space but don’t want to add another story or compromise on garden space with an extension. Pitched roofs provide extra headspace on the top floor of your home, which can even be converted into a loft.

Challenges of a pitched roof

It’s clear that a pitched roof is always better for your property. But they aren’t without their challenges. Adding a pitched roof or changing the pitch of an existing roof almost always requires planning permission. Not only that but your project will require an architect to determine the best form for your pitched roof and assist with planning practices. Understandably this adds to the cost of the project, which is another important consideration. Significantly changing the pitch of a roof requires full framing for the new roof, as well as costs for insulation. It’s by no means a small job. But, when necessary, it could benefit your home no end by eliminating water pooling and adding to the value.    

Making the choice

All in all, the decision to change the pitch of your roof is up to you as the property owner. However, it’s always a good idea to get expert advice. Speaking to professionals can give you a better idea of the practicality of the project as well as its estimated duration and cost. If you choose to go ahead with the plans, be sure to choose a contractor who is accredited, experienced and provides a detailed quote. A pitched roof is a major change for your home, so you don’t want to risk it with an irreputable company.

Can we help?

DPR Roofing in Wakefield is a team of expert roofers with over 30 years’ experience in the industry. If you’re looking for any advice or assistance with a pitched roof for your property, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team for a no obligation quote.