It’s no secret, pitched roofs and flat roofs are incredibly different. In terms of engineering, flat roofs take a lot more thought and work than pitched roofs. While pitched roofs direct the water away from the building, flat roofs actually hold the water. Also, while flat roofs can be used on residential structures, they are much more commonly used on commercial buildings. Now that you are aware of some of the main differences between these two designs, let’s take a moment to discuss the benefits of flat roofs.
Durability and Functionality
When it comes to strength and durability, you will be hard-pressed to find anything better than flat roofs. What makes them so distinct is their ability to hold weather elements. This can be especially helpful when it comes to things like downed tree limbs. This type of functionality and durability makes it ideal for those who have large commercial buildings because it shows that it can support mechanical devices such as air conditioning and outdoor heating units. It is also great for buildings that host backup generators.
Another great feature of flat roofs is their versatility. There is almost no limit to how they can be used. For instance, if you choose to use thermoplastic roofs (also referred to as TPO) you can reflect solar heat during the summer in order to reduce your cooling bills. You could also hold heat in during the winter and improve your building’s heating efficiency. If you decide to use rubber roof membranes you can ensure that your building is weather resistant and well-protected against the harshest elements. You may also consider using a Duro-Last roof, in which case you will reduce your overall expenses because they don’t require much in terms of maintenance. How you decide to use your roof and what type you need will largely depend on what you plan to do with your building as well as the weather conditions in your area.
Little to No Maintenance
Flat roofs require little to no upkeep. Maintenance is a relatively straight-forward process. In fact, in most cases, all it takes is re-spreading your gravel covering once a year so that it is remains even. There are other jobs you may have to perform such as occasionally, you may need to have the sealant around your vent and chimneys refilled. However, this is the case with most roofs. The benefit of having a flat roof when doing maintenance is that it provides easy access. You can perform these simple tasks without all of the dangers that usually come with having to walk around on a pitched roof.
As you can see, there are a lot of advantages to having a flat roof. However, you should be aware that there are a lot of options to choose from. So it is always a good idea to speak with someone who has experience and expertise in roofing. This will give you a chance to discuss which options are best for your specific project and needs.