Many people have not tried flat roofs because it is the norm to have sloped roofs. They also have not realized that flat roofs are cheaper to construct. It’s high time people start embracing flat roofs since they have a lot of advantages compared to pitched roofs. In this post, we’ll explore the top reasons that flat roofs are so great.
Flat roofs require less maintenance compared to sloped roofs because they are made of weatherproof membrane. You just have to sweep off leaves and rocks that fall on the roof occasionally. Since flat roofs are made of durable materials, you are extremely unlikely to experience water leakage in your home. Many people think that water collects on flat roofs, but this is not the case because the roofs provide a large surface area for evaporation of water, and is, in fact, slightly pitched for optimal runoff. As long as your flat roof is properly installed by a professional, you will enjoy living under a flat roof and doing very little to maintain it. Professional roofers can also offer tips for taking care of your roof that will be invaluable for caring for your roof over the years and seeing that it is not completely neglected – especially in the wake of a big storm, some repairs and maintenance will be required.
Many people fall off the roof when doing repairs on sloping roofs because the roof doesn’t provide balance. Sloping roofs are very dangerous to work on because one can easily slip and fall off. Alternatively, one can work on flat roofs without fear of falling, because you can walk on the roof as you work from one point to another. If you don’t want to risk your life on a roof when carrying out maintenance practices then opt for a flat roof (or simply hire outside help). If your house is a bungalow and you have a flat roof, you have easy access using a small ladder, unlike when the roof is tilted because in this case, you have to use a very tall ladder, which is risky.
Since flat roofs are made of weatherproof membrane, they are rarely affected by winds. Materials such as gravel, bitumen and PVC are used to make flat roofs and these are all wind resistant. You can use flat roofs for commercial or apartment buildings so that when strong winds blow, there is little or no damage for you and your tenants. People who live in stormy areas would do well to consider flat roofs in order to cut down on the costs that they incur when their roofs are compromised by strong winds. Tilted roofs are blown away by storms because they sit, to quote Bob Seger, against the wind. Flat roofs allow winds to blow above them and hence, less damage is incurred in the process.
The above reasons explain why you should choose flat roofs over tilted roofs for your home and commercial buildings to save on cost and to reduce the risk of damage to your property.