Since flat roofs are normally seen on commercial buildings, you’d be forgiven if you think that’s the only application for them. This isn’t actually the case as you can also use flat roofs for residential roofing. In fact, that’s the preferred choice when it comes to modern architectural styles. However, like every component of your home, they come with their own sets of advantages and disadvantages.
In this post, Solid State Construction discusses flat roofs pros and cons when used in homes.
One of the advantages of a flat roof is its price. From the installation to the materials, flat roofs are a less costly expense. Since flat roofs lack pitch, it’s easier for installers to navigate it while installing, which makes the process faster and also allows you to save on labor costs.
If your home has this type of roofing, you can make use of the space on top. You can put your air conditioning outdoor units there instead of on the ground, install solar panels, and even plant a rooftop garden. Flat roofs can also allow you to maximize your interior space since you no longer have to figure out how you can make things work in your attic due to the lack of sloped walls.
Flat roofs are more accessible compared to sloped roofs, allowing you to make gutter cleaning, repairs, and installations of satellite dishes and solar panels easier.
Maintaining a flat roof can be difficult, since it lacks the efficient drainage pitched roofs have. This may allow water to puddle and remain on the roof, which can eventually cause leaks or deterioration.
You can’t expect flat roofs to last as long as pitched roofs do. The limited choices in roofing materials may be inexpensive and easy to install but they have a limited life span of a mere 10 to 15 years. It can also affect your property value in the long run because the potential buyer is likely to be aware of its shortened life span.
Since flat roofs are prone to leaking, insurance companies often raise rates to cover them.
While flat roofs may be perfect for the modern home, they aren’t very energy-efficient. They’re designed to absorb heat and since they lack pitch, the entire surface of the roof is exposed to the sun all day. This can drastically affect your cooling costs so choose wisely when considering flat roofs.
Turn to Solid State Construction for your home improvement needs. We can answer any questions you have such as “What are your services?” and “How are asphalt shingles made?” Give us a call at (508) 709-0041 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with us. We serve homeowners in Concord, MA, and in other areas.