Read this article and find out the reasons why flat roofs are not – as some people think – just a nuisance but they can be a gold mine. The team at Housebuyers 4 U, which operates under the name National Home Buyers very experienced in this topic.
Can you change a flat roof into something else and add value to your property?
Most properties in the UK have very sloping roofs with tiles or blackboards. We live on a wet island with regular rainfall and snow, so in general our property has a very sloped roof.
But there are some beautiful flat-roofed buildings around too. Flat roofs for housing first took off in the era of art deco and the bauhaus – almost 100 years ago now. Since then it has been in and out of fashion at home, but in fashion for flat blocks has been pretty much for 90 years. At home for example, he also returned in the 1960s.
Take a trip around the suburbs of London, or around Bournemouth or Brighton and you will see some absolute gems from flat-roofed houses designed in the early 20th century.
There are even thousands of flat-roofed buildings around. You see them especially on the beach and around the outskirts of many of our cities, like Norman Webster's beauty from the 1930s.
Problems or Opportunities?
Anyone who lives in a flat roof house or apartment block will tell you that flat roofs need regular inspection – more than ordinary tiles or sloping roofs – and need to be replaced over time. This is because water will pool them and ice will attack them, if there are tears, tears, damage to ice cubes etc. When that happens, you can get a leak that will damage the structure of the building from time to time or even its contents. So, in many people's minds, a flat roof is just a headache, isn't it? Yeah – no. That's a narrow perspective and, given a few simple thoughts and investments, they are actually far more interesting and useful than tile or sloping roofs. The image under repair of a shabby flat roof is quite far from the truth.
Creative use of flat roofs
In fact, many flat roofs can be adapted into parks, terraces, terraces etc. Of course you need to talk to an architect and you might need to get planning permission but you can create a terrace, terrace or garden that will be a pleasure to be in and greatly increase the value of your property. Here are a few examples of what you can do, with a simple investment in improving your flat roof with access and equipment, from the very basic to the quite luxurious.
In addition to terraces and roof terraces, some people make beautiful rooftop gardens for their homes or apartments, which are great features to attract new buyers:
With parks, you will definitely need an architect to make sure everything is done properly and all planning rules are followed and whatever permits are sought. Support structures need to be inspected and the roof must be 100% waterproof and able to be trampled on and carry heavy objects – this is NOT a DIY job. You will also need internal or external access to the roof.
Conclusion – You might have a Gold Mine upstairs
So what do you think of the flat roof now? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below! Share the article too and see what your friends or family think. We hope this gives you many things to think about.