Flat roofs are usually installed by professional roofing services on large buildings and commercial structures. However, the flat roof trend is now making it’s way into home roofing these days. When it comes to any kind of residential roofing services flat roofs also have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. With that in mind, take a look at the pros and cons in the article below before opting for flat roofs for your home.
The most noticeable benefit of choosing a flat roof is the low costs associated with it. Buildings need very little prepping to install a flat roof and the amount of material needed is lower when compared to low-pitched or sloped roofing systems. Flat roof installation expenses are very affordable while its maintenance costs are also easy on the pocket.
Flat roofs also help make interior space more versatile as well. You can utilize attic space more efficiently without having to worry about the limitations that come with a traditional pitched roof. A flat roof allows you to make use of every part of your home more advantageously when needed.
Another great thing about flat roofing system is that they can allow you to use the space on the roof for a variety of purposes. For instance, you can install air conditioning units or solar panels on the roof, or even plant a rooftop garden. Some homeowners even design a living roof, or green roof, to make the most of the available space. Also, as flat roofs are easily accessible, it makes periodical cleaning and maintenance very easy too.
The most cited drawback of installing a flat roofing system is the drainage problem. Flat roofs do not drain as efficiently as other kinds of pitched roofs. This can lead to damages to the roofing material over time as the water that sits on the roof can get absorbed into the roofing system. Eventually, it can increase the risks of leakages especially along the seams of the roof.
Another disadvantage of flat roofs is the limited options you get when it comes to roofing materials. Most professional roofing services offer a kind of rolled roofing made of rubber, TPO, EPDM, or bitumen for the installation of flat roofs. While these are cheaper when compared to other roofing materials their lifespan is also shorter than metal roofing, slate, asphalt shingles, and clay or concrete tiles. However, a few new materials have recently surfaced in flat roofing such as polycarbonate and PVC roofing, which can have a better lifespan and durability.
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