Thanks to their low slopes, flat roofs are notoriously leak-prone. (Remember: water tends to pond on flat roof surfaces, increasing the risks of leaks.) If you want to reduce the risk of leaks – or at the very least the roof’s maintenance needs – there’s always the option of converting your roof into a pitched roof.
What are the things you need to consider before planning a flat roof conversion, and what should you expect during a flat roof conversion?
Things to Consider
- Planning permit applications – Extensive exterior renovations usually need planning approval, but this ultimately depends on your local building authority. That’s why it’s important to consult a local roofer before planning a flat roof conversion or any home improvement project for that matter. Since local contractors are more familiar with the local building codes as well as the local climate, they can make better recommendations.
- Project costs – In general, the more complicated the structure of the roofing system, the higher the total project cost.
Important note: while it’s important to stay within your budget, you shouldn’t get too preoccupied with the costs. Focus instead on how you can maximize the returns on investment on your new roof.
What to Expect During a Flat Roof Conversion
Here’s an overview of the flat roof conversion process:
- Your roofers will start by removing the flat roof and inspecting the structure for any deficiencies. In particular, they’ll pay close attention to the spacing of the joists, which needs to be adequate enough to support a pitched roof.
- Plywood forming a pitched shape will be placed on top of your roof.
- The roofers will then waterproof your roof by installing tiles, boards and tarpaper. Afterward, they’ll cover your roof’s gable ends and install siding material over the plywood.
For more info on the flat roof conversion process, consult an experienced contractor.
Larry L. Vaught Roofing has been providing professional exterior services to local residents since 1967. To get a free estimate, call us at (816) 761-9859, or fill out this form.