Pitched roof or flat roof ?

Classic design with many pitched roofs
Very modern design with portions of pitched roofs

When building your house or designing your project, this is a question about your roof to tackle :

Pitched roof or flat roof ?

We, at MONIER, are convinced that pitched roofs are the right solution to protect your building, especially in India, where heavy rains generate a huge risk of water leakages on the top of buildings.

From a practical point of view, a pitched roof has the capacity to evacuate the water away from the building below, while a flat roof always retains the water on top of your building. On flat roofs, when stagnating on top of the building, the water will always find a way to go down, and down are your building and goods !
When you are exposed to heavy rain in short time (like in moonson areas), the pitched roof is always the best protection against watertighness. This is probably why some moonson-affected Indian states made the pitched roofs mandatory for the construction.

From an aesthetics point of view, for years our parents and grand parents built houses with pitched roofs as they knew it was efficient to evacuate water. Now a pitched roof is clearly part of our patrimony in India and all over the world. So we believe this is probably the best way to integrate your building into the landscape eventhough your house can be with a modern style and look. At the end, have you ever seen a child drawing a house with a flat roof ?

From a technical point of view, it is important that the water is correctly oriented on a pitched roof to avoid too much concentration in some areas, valleys being obstructed by walls or water oriented towards the building itself. Your architect should be able to advise you on this matter, to really evacuate the water and not concentrating it onto your building

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