On the whole, we use the roof of our home purely to protect us from the elements. That’s it’s primary purpose, of course, and if it’s doing the job properly that’s good enough.
On the other hand, the roof represents a large expanse we’re not making full use of. It’s easiest with a flat roof, but even a pitched roof can be used. Here are a few suggestions to help you make the most out of your roof space.
A flat stretch of the roof can be easily converted into a roof terrace. You’ll need to make sure, though, that the construction’s strong enough to take the extra weight and footfall.
This is especially useful in an urban setting where there isn’t enough room for a patio in the garden. Instead, you can relax, eat or entertain high above the hustle and bustle. All you need is some good weather.
Alternatively, a flat roof can be converted into a roof garden. This can be anything from plants in pots or urns to laying a deep enough level of soil to grow shallow-rooted plants. You could also include turfed areas.
A roof garden makes an ideal bird oasis if you set up bird tables, baths and feeders. The best thing is that the birds will be safe from the neighbourhood cats.
Whether you have a flat or pitched roof, you can make use of it to slash your energy bills and help protect the environment at the same time. Installing solar panels will reduce the amount of energy you have to take from the National Grid.
If you combine this with the right level of loft insulation, which is fairly inexpensive to install, you can reduce your costs and your carbon footprint in one step.
If you’re making use of your loft, the cheapest and most effective way to provide lighting for it is to install roof windows. Fitting a couple of skylights will illuminate the loft far more efficiently than any artificial lighting without adding to your energy bill.
For a more ambitious loft conversion, you could go further and have dormer windows installed in your pitched roof. They’ll give your roofline an elegant, traditional look and can give you a great view from your loft or attic.
These are just a few of the many ways you can put your roof space to good use. If you want to discuss your options, feel free to give us a call.