A classic feature of most contemporary homes is the flat roof. There are many types of roofs, all of which take on different characteristics and features. The type of roof you choose for your home can depend on several things. The main one is the geographical location of where you reside. The flat roof is easier to construct and generally more accessible. The flat roof gives you a variety of options to express your person style and design sense. A flat roof is a nice choice for homes, but it will require very specific maintenance.
If properly designed with the use of quality materials by a competent contractor, a flat roof offers a wide range of benefits that simply cannot be achieved with a traditional pitched roof. Flat roofs are also much easily installed than pitched roofs due to their flat structure. Having a flat roof is much cheaper than other types of roofs and is less time consuming to install. Flat roofs are constructed of an under layer and a top coat.
Flat roof styles are typically seen in warmer weather climates, as most could not stand the weight of winter snow build-up. In case of rain, water that sits on a roof for any length of time can lead to a leaky roof. Homes with traditionally pitched roofs have shingles and combined with gravity, prevent moisture from entering the home. A flat or a pitched roof does not have the advantage mentioned above and gravity does not help remove water, so it is advisable to have a covering which acts as a barrier for moisture. This can also be used to remove water from the roof.
A flat roof is considered as low maintenance because there are no slopes or valleys and it is easier to clean than a pitched roof. Flat roofs provide space for recreational and decorative use. This case however, is not the same with having a pitched roof. You can create a rooftop garden, install a swimming pool, tennis court or any other type of relaxation area. Hotels and restaurants use their flat roof space to provide outdoor seating for their guests.
In a lot of places, especially where gable roofs are uncommon or space is limited, flat roofs are used as a living space, with sheltered kitchens, bathrooms and sleeping areas. In third world countries, a flat roof area is even used for drying laundry, for storing stuff, and some people even use it as space to raise their livestock.
A flat roof needs to be re-coated and sealed every few years to help maintain the integrity of the roof and prevent leaks. If it is not properly cared for, there will be a need for replacement much sooner than anticipated, and that will make the sloped roofs even more cost effective. One of the most obvious advantages is that flat roofs are easier to climb up on and inspect. Some people even go to the extent of installing a plant turf on their flat roof. The plants actually help a lot, as they absorb water from the roof, before it reaches the rubber roofing, and helps keep it dry.
When you are deciding whether or not to install a flat roof, consider both the advantages and disadvantages. Also, you need to keep in mind the amount of time and effort required to maintain the roof and use that to help you decide whether such a style is suitable or not for your home or business. If installed correctly, and in the right climate, a flat roof can provide great architectural appeal and practical roof covering for your home.