As many people are aware, most residential homes used pitched style roofing. This is a roofing solution that is angled and easily disperses of water, snow and all that mother nature has to throw at it. Contrary to residential, many commercial properties have use a flat roofing solution. At Solid State Construction we have immense experience with flat roofing as we install EPDM & TPO flat roofs across Massachusetts.
So, why do some building go with flat roofing and some don’t? We wanted to dive into the advantages and disadvantages of flat roofing to hopefully give you a better understanding of exactly how flat roofing works.
Pros of Flat Roofing:
Saving Space: So many homes have extreme angles and huge roofs with empty space. While this is can accent a roof greatly, it isn’t often the best for a commercial building. Pitched roofs can limit livable, and workable space. Flat roofs allow for more space and also can be used to create a rooftop deck or patio.
Price: Flat roofs are much easier to install because of their lack of pitch. It makes for an easier process for the contractors which makes everything go by quicker. Because of speed, the danger factor and less variables makes for a less costly process.
Cons of Flat Roofing:
Maintenance: Flat roofs have to be monitored much more than pitched roofs because theirs is no natural way to water to flow off a flat roof. This often creates standing water and clogged drained systems which unattended can negatively impact your roofs function and lifespan.
Lifespan: Owning a building with a flat roof, it’s important that their lifespan is much shorter than other pitched roofs. Many flat roofs come with a 10-20 year warranty and that is often how long we see them last.
As the same with any product you can maximize the benefits and minimize the cons of every material if you choose the right contractor. Solid State Construction installs all our products to the utmost quality maximizes lifespan and minimizes maintenance moving forward.