Flat or low sloped roofs are often debated in roofing conversations due to their unique advantages and disadvantages in comparison to other types of roofs. Flat roofs are defined as having a pitch (slope) of 10 degrees or less. It is important when making a decision regarding what type of roof to install to be aware of the positives and negatives of installing a flat roof.
Flat Roofing Benefits
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The benefits of installing a flat roof can be broken down into 3 main benefits: Expense, space, and access.
- Expense: Between the materials used and the installation costs, flat roofs are often generally less expensive than other types of roofs.
- Space: The additional space a flat roof generates is significant. The rooftop space can be utilized for living space, gardening, air conditioning units, solar panels, and more. Furthermore, a flat roof will provide more interior space for attics or other floor plans.
- Access: Because of the minimal or zero-degree slope, flat roofs are much more easily accessed than sloped roofs. This is especially helpful for when your roof needs repaired or the gutters need cleaned. The access is also helpful should you choose to install solar panels or a satellite dish.
While there are many benefits to flat roofs, there important disadvantages that need to be considered as well. Flat roofs have difficulty draining because of the lack of slope which can lead to water puddles and leaks from the roofing material breaking down. Finally, there is a lack of material options for flat roofs. The material options that are available such as rubber, EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), hot asphalt modified bitumen, and TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) are all reasonably inexpensive, however have a limited lifespan (10-15 years).
Replacing or repairing a roof is an expensive undertaking for any homeowner or building owner. It is important to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of roof in order to ensure you make the right decision for your needs. A qualified, experienced roofer can help assist you in making your final decision should you face the predicament of needing to install a new roof on your home or building.
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Crown Roofing specializes in the installation and design specification of many different hot asphalt modified bitumen roofing manufacturers and systems. We are one of South Florida’s leading roofing contractors when it comes to advising you on what system works best for you. We work with most major manufacturers such as GAF, Johns Manville, Firestone, Soprema, Certainteed and more.
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