A Stittsville Roofing Company Describes the Benefits of a Flat Roof
If you’re making serious modifications to your home, building a new home, or even building an outside structure like a garage, workshop, or shed, then you need to consider every angle—or, in this case, the lack thereof. I’m referring of course to whether to go with pitched (sloped) or flat roofing. A pitched roof may be the more traditional option, but for outbuildings it can be less than ideal, and more and more houses are going the flat route as time goes on and materials and methods improve. Let’s take a look at why this style has been growing in popularity:
There’s an old adage that goes, “You get what you pay for.” This is typically true enough, but sometimes extra costs are just unnecessary. This can include the extra money you’re giving your Stittsville roofing company to install a pitched roof, and the extra cost of heating. Because the pitch of a traditional roof increases its surface area, you’ll always pay more in materials and labour. And pitched attics are notorious for letting heat escape, too. Flat roofing will cost you less in materials and labour, and cuts the heat loss problem right out of the equation. As an added value, the flat surface will absorb more heat and distribute it more evenly, which will further reduce your heating bill every winter.
Whether residential or commercial, every roof needs to be inspected, and regularly at that. In fact, ask most Stittsville roofers, and they will tell you that many repairs they’ve performed could have been avoided or minimized with a quick inspection. Inspecting a pitched roof can be dangerous, particularly in wet conditions, and usually requires a safety harness. While being careful is always important, you’ll worry less while inspecting the flat alternative. You will inspect it more regularly, though—it’s not quite as effective at water drainage. As with all things in life, some trade-off can expected, but many deem more frequent inspections to be worth the other benefits.
A few decades ago, your choice of materials for a flat roof would have been limited, and you may have only expected to get 20 years out of it. Today, rubber roofing made of Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer can be applied as a single piece, and doubles the expected life span. Stittsville roofing companies can install a waterproof flat design on your new home or garage that will last you for as many as 40 years!
And while we’re on the topic of evolving, trends in architecture have also evolved to embrace the easy and elegant simplicity of square designs—making flat roofing not just convenient, but aesthetically pleasing, too. You really can’t go wrong!