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Chesapeake Roofers: Article About Converting Flat Roofs To Pitched Roofs

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There are many reasons why a homeowner may want to convert a flat roof to a pitched roof. Pitched roofs are less likely to leak, they can solve some of the home's structural problems and they can provide another area for storage or for living space if the homeowner so desires. Before a flat roof can be converted, however, Chesapeake roofers will need to ensure that the home's structure can handle the conversion.

While many homeowners benefit from their flat roofs, there are some serious problems associated with their structure. Homeowners must be diligent about maintenance to avoid leaks, for example. Additionally, gravity can cause the roof to sag over time. As the rubber membrane ages and settles, puddles of standing water can form.

Pitched roofs still require maintenance, however, though visual inspections on pitched roofs are often easier. Additionally, pitched roofs can be ventilated and insulated. With proper maintenance, the roofing materials can last longer, as they are not as affected by extreme sunlight. Many homeowners also wish to convert flat roofs to pitched roofs due to aesthetics. On some styles of homes, pitched roofs can increase the curb appeal and the home's value.

The flat roof can be converted to a pitched roof using several methods. For the first method, roofers leave the flat roof alone and build the pitched roof directly on top of the existing roof.

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This is only recommended if the flat roof is in good condition. This method can save the homeowner some money in construction costs but can limit how the inside of the home looks. If the existing roof is removed, custom attic space or cathedral ceilings can be built. The existing roof may also be removed if the home's structure cannot support both the flat roof and the new pitched roof.

If the existing roof is removed, the roofers will first ensure that any damaged structural components are replaced before building the new roof. The new trusses and rafters will then be installed. The roof decking must then be attached to the framing. Some may reuse the decking if it is still in good condition, though it may be best to use new materials. Finally, the outer roofing materials, such as the shingles, can be installed.

Depending on the home's structure and design, it can be relatively easy for professional roofers to convert a flat roof to a pitched roof. With that being said, there are some reasons to avoid a roof conversion. Homeowners should have a frank conversation with an experienced roofer before making a final decision.

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