Pitched vs. Flat Roofing: Pros and Cons

Pitched vs. Flat Roofing: Pros and Cons

All roofs are either pitched or flat. In terms of roof replacement, a homeowner usually doesn’t have the opportunity to choose, as the roof pitch (or slope) is determined by the existing roof deck. This is unless the remodeling project involves either rebuilding the home from the ground up or at least having a professional roofer rebuild the trusses.

Pitched vs. Flat Roofing: Pros and Cons

If you can do the latter, here is an overview of the pros and cons of both pitched and flat roofs that you should consider.

Regular Maintenance

All roofs require regular maintenance. Pitched roofs particularly need professional attention as it’s dangerous to climb without proper gear and training. Flat roofs, on the other hand, can literally be walked on, making them easier to inspect. Depending on the flat roofing type, maintenance may have to be done more frequently, though.

It’s also worth noting that flat roofs aren’t perfectly flat; they’re slightly sloped towards the gutters to allow drainage, which depends on how well the slope is calculated. Generally speaking, pitched roofs are less complicated to maintain, so if you’re considering a flat roof, keep a close eye on its maintenance requirements.


Flat roofing is typically used in homes with modern architectural styles, in commercial properties and in detachments like sheds and garages. Pitched roofs, on the other hand, remain a traditional architecture staple. If you are switching from one roofing type to the other, consider how the entire structure will serve your needs. If you live in an area that receives high amounts of rainfall, it makes more sense to choose a high-pitched roof. When you’re planning future improvements, however, such as adding a green roof or a roof deck, a flat roof would better serve your needs.

Curb Appeal

Roof pitch is the most important element of a residential home’s curb appeal, which is why sloped roofs remain a popular choice among homeowners. This doesn’t make flat roofs a bad choice, though; they’re simply different. But with the right design choices, homes with flat roofs can exude curb appeal as much as their traditional counterparts.

To learn more about what we can do for your roofing and gutters, call Chase Roofing today at (757) 333-0052 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We serve many areas in and near Yorktown, VA.