natural slate roofing

8 advantages of pitched roofs

19 February 2018

a house with pitched roof

The roof is one of the most important parts in any building, acting as the first line of defense from all environmental hazards.

Roofs have evolved over the years, with pitched roofs often associated with a more classical appearance. That said, the truth is that they remain the most common and efficient solution to ensure maximum protection.

  1. Style

    Pitched roofs come in all shapes and sizes, from simple two-sided slopes to more complex shapes combining hips and valleys. Their versatility is second to none, allowing the architect to express himself freely.

    Certain materials, like our own CUPA PIZARRAS natural slate, can be produced in a wide range of shapes and sizes, flawlessly adapting to any slope or design.

    Do not miss this selection of the top 5 natural slate pitched roof projects of 2017.

    modern house in france with different slopes in the roof

  2. Thermal insulation

    Buildings with pitched roofs are roughly 10-15% more compact than those with a flat roof. This significant reduction translates into higher thermal insulation by simply limiting the size of the surface exposed to the exterior.  

  3. Energy savings

    The building envelope is responsible for around 25-35% loss of energy within a building. Pitched roofs are built to allow natural ventilation between the outer layer and the building, preserving energy.  

  4. Protection against enviromental hazards

    Pitched roofs are built to withstand snow, ice, water and wind. Shaped as a triangle, they are stable, stronger and ensure perfect water drainage.

    Some roofing tiles, like natural slate, are extremely tough, waterproof and fire-resistant.

  5. Cost-effective additional space

    This kind of roof allows for extra rooms or storage spaces below them, without the need to add an additional (and costly) floor to the whole building.

    house with slate piched roof in Belgium

  6. Longer lifespan

    Flat roofs require constant maintenance of their drainage systems in order to avoid leaking. While pitched roofs are generally more expensive, cheaper and less frequent repairs compensates for this.

    This is especially true is the roof is covered in high quality natural slate, with a lifespan of over 100 years and no need for any sort of maintenance.

  7. Rainwater reuse

    This type of roof makes it easier to reuse rainwater than flat roofs. The external drainage system is easier to modify and redirect. 

    In addition, certain pitched roof tiles like natural slate, which are produced without using any chemical products, have no effect on water quality.

  8. Sustainability

    There is a wide range of roofing tiles with sustainable credentials, and solar panels are easily and efficiently integrated within the structure of a pitched roofs.

    Check out THERMOSLATE®, solar thermal panels in natural slate.

    thermoslate Pyrenees solar collector

If we add the technical and aesthetic properties of pitched roofs to those of CUPA PIZARRAS natural slate, the result is an unbeatable long-lasting and sustainable line of defense for any building.