An overwhelming number of homes have a pitched roof. However, more homeowners are choosing to go with a flat roof installation. If you are unsure if a flat roof is right for your home, here is what you need to know.
Why Choose a Flat Roof?
Flat roofing has many benefits, including the ease with which they are installed. Flat roofing does not require the planning that a pitched roof does, and the installation process is shorter. The roof also does not require the same structural support that a pitched roof does. For instance, there is no need for engineered trusses. As a result, you not only save on installation, but you can also save on the cost of materials.
A flat roof also offers a bit more versatility than a pitched roof. For instance, if you are planning to install solar panels on your roof, they will be less noticeable on a flat roof. You can even use the flat roof as an extended storage area. Items, such as your home's central air unit, can be moved to the top of your home.
As with any other type of roofing, there is some maintenance involved with a flat roof. However, the task is made easier because of more accessible the flat roof is. Since the roof is flat, you can reach areas of it easier. There is also the added benefit of being able to walk on the roof without fear of falling off.
What Are the Drawbacks?
Flat roofing has many benefits to consider, but you also have to remember the possible drawbacks. For instance, due to the design of the roof, you could have drainage issues. The water would pool up on the roof instead of flowing to the drains. When this happens, your roofing material could be damaged from sitting in the water.
Drainage issues are avoidable with the right design, though. Simple changes to the roofing, such as adding a slight and undetectable slope, can help ensure the water is flowing off the roof and into the gutters.
Another possible issue with the roofing is that it does not have the same lifespan as other types of roofing. However, using a higher quality building material, regular maintenance, and touchups to the roofing can help extend its lifespan.
Before making your final decision on a flat roof, talk to your contractor. He or she can help you evaluate if your home is right for a flat roof and create a design that is functional and aesthetically pleasing.