If you are looking to put a roof on a building of yours, but you don’t know which type to go with, you are not alone!
Nobody can disagree that roofs are an essential structure. Since ancient times, humans have shielded themselves with roofs to escape rain, snow, and sun. Today, there are many different types of roofs. Knowing which one will fit best with your home and environment can be confusing. Keep reading to learn about the differences between a pitched roof and a dual pitched roof.
What Is a Dual Pitched Roof?
A dual pitched roof is a roof that uses two slopes. These slopes meet at one line, typically at the centre of a building, and extend to cover the entire structure.
Dual pitched roofs are popular because they allow for sufficient space at the top of a building. This space can be used as a loft, an extra bedroom, or something else.
Well-constructed dual pitched roofs can last a long time. They require little maintenance which makes them a great choice for residential homes.
Yet, these roofs do have their drawbacks as well. Dual pitched roofs are heavy. They almost always require heavy machinery to install. Additionally, their weight requires a foundation that can support them.
Dual pitched roofs also do not do great in regions that experience very strong gale force winds. The edge of the roof acts as wings in high winds and can be ripped off the top of a house.
The Types of Dual Pitched Roofs
A dual pitched roof is a vague term for many different types of roofs that use two slopes. There are several different types of dual pitched roofs used on buildings today. Here are a few examples of them.
1. Couple Roofs
Couple roofs are easy to build, yet they are not the most structurally sound. They are made up of two lengths of rafters tied together and leaned up against one another.
2. Closed Couple Roofs
Closed couple roofs are similar to couple roofs, but they are sturdier. This is due to joists that connect the bottom of the rafters. These roofs can be larger and last longer than a couple of roofs.
3. Collar Beam Roof
Collar beam roofs are like closed couple roofs but a collar tie is added for stability. A collar tie goes between the rafters to prevent them from bending.
What Is a Pitched Roof?
A pitched roof or a mono-pitched roof is one of the simplest types of roofs. There is only one sloping surface. Other names for this type of roof include pent roof, shed roof, and lean-to roof.
Unlike dual pitched roofs that use a central line in the middle of the building for the slopes to meet, mono-pitched roofs have one line on the side.
These types of roofs can have two looks. The first is a very small slope which makes the roof appear almost flat. The other is a severe slope that makes the eaves overhang to shield the wall below.
This type of roof is not the most common, but it is useful in regions with harsh weather conditions. It can withstand quite a bit of snow, rain, and wind depending on its slope, unlike some dual pitched roofs.
The downside of a mono-pitched roof is that it cannot be used on tall buildings. It is most suitable for 1 to 4 story buildings.
Roof Maintenance for Pitched and Dual Pitched Roofs
Both roofs require a lot of the same maintenance. You should be completing a list of tasks somewhat regularly to allow your roof to last as long as possible. Do the following tasks as needed to keep it in tip-top shape.
- Do visual inspections from the ground
- Clear the gutters
- Trim trees near your roof
- If necessary, re-caulk
- Check the Insulation
Performing regular maintenance is important if you want your roof to have a long life. Disregarding these tasks can lead to expensive damage inside and outside your home.
For dual pitched roofs you should only have to do this maintenance as needed, but pitched roofs should be checked on more often. Since they are less durable than other roof types, they are more likely to fail.
Which Roof Is Better?
When deciding between the two types of roofs you need to factor in some things. This includes the climate you live in, the amount of maintenance you will be able to provide it, your budget, and more.
If you are putting a roof on a smaller building in a harsher climate, a pitched roof could be the way to go. They easily drain water and they are resistant to weathering.
Pitched roofs are the ideal choice if you are looking for something sustainable, light, and easy to construct. Building this roof and repairing it will be straightforward.
Dual pitched roofs are almost as good as pitched roofs when dealing with rainfall and snow, but not so good with the wind. They are also often preconstructed which make them quick to install.
The best roof for you depends on aspects only you and a roofing expert can consider.
Find Your Roof
When you need to put a pitched roof or a dual pitched roof on a building, it can be difficult to choose the right one. You need to consider many factors and talk to a professional.
The experts at Cooper and Williams LTD are ready to design, construct, and maintain your roof for you. With over 40 years of experience, they can advise on all roofing aspects to give you the perfect fit for your home. Contact us today to discuss your roofing needs.