4 Pros And Cons Of Flat Residential Roofs


If you're in need of a new roof because yours is getting old, has been damaged or you are simply remodeling your home, you may be considering installing a flat roof instead of a sloped one. While sloped roofs are more common on homes, more and more people are choosing flat roofs for their many benefits. First, however, check out these four pros and cons, so you can determine if a flat roof is right for you.

Pro: They Are Affordable

The main reason to consider a flat roof is the affordability when it's time to replace or repair the roof. On average, you'll pay about 50 cents to $1.50 per square foot for an EPDM roofing membrane (a popular flat roof choice). Pitched roofs vary in price, depending on the material used. However, common asphalt roofs are comparable in price to flat roofs, costing about $50 per roofing square or 100 square feet. Metal, another popular roofing option may cost up to $25 to $260 per roofing square, depending on the type of metal. Clay and slate tiles are significantly more expensive.

The roof's slope is another factor to consider when determining price. If a roof has a steep slope, you'll need more material to cover the roof because there is more area. The lower the slope, the less material, and flat roofs have no slope, so even if asphalt shingles are relatively the same price, you'll likely save money with a flat roof.

Pro: They Provide Extra Space

Another benefit of flat roofs is that they provide more space. You can turn your roof into an outdoor living space with patio furniture, plants, décor, etc. This is a great option if you don't have much outdoor space. In addition, if you have large outdoor equipment like an HVAC system, you can store it on the roof to keep it safe and secure.

In some cases, a flat roof can also make your house larger inside. If you decide to transform your roof into a flat top roof, you will likely have to build up your attic. In some cases, this can turn your small, cramped attic into another room or simply a larger, more accessible attic.

Con: They Don't Drain Well

The biggest drawback to a flat roof is the drainage, making them poor choices for extremely rainy or snowy climates. Flat roofs have drain systems, but if they get clogged, the water cannot slide off the roof. It becomes trapped, increasing the risk of decay, leaks, and collapse from weight (particularly in areas with lots of snowfall).

For this reason, flat roofs often require more maintenance than sloped roofs. With no slope, the debris, water, and snow can't slide off the roof, so you must ensure the roof and drainage system are clean.

Con: Roofing Materials Are Limited

Another drawback to flat roofs is there aren't many materials from which to choose when building your roof. Of course, even if you could choose slate, tile, or other beautiful roofing materials, no one could enjoy the beauty. While this helps keep the price low, it doesn't provide much flexibility.

Similarly, the flat top style doesn't work on every home. Modern, sleek homes may look great with flat roofs because they enhance the natural style, but if your home or neighborhood is more traditional, a flat roof may make your home look worse and/or impact the resale value.

If you plan on replacing your roof soon, you have many options to consider, such as material and type of roof. Pitched roofs may still be common, but flat roofs are another option to consider because if the pros outweigh the cons for you and your home. For more information about types of roofs or if a flat roof is right for you, contact a roofer today.


27 August 2018

Keeping Your Home Dry

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