If you are looking into building a new home or business, you may have heard a few myths about flat roofs, despite all of their advantages.
If you were to tell your friends that you are considering a flat roof for your new property, you might be met with a blank stare. These roofs do not have the best reputation, particularly in areas susceptible to heavy snowfall. However, as roofing experts, we know that flat roofs are one of the best investments a home or business owner can make.
In today’s blog, we will debunk four of the most common myths about flat roofs so that you can make the most educated decision for your new property.
Myth #1: Flat Roofs Are Completely Flat
Perhaps the most common myth we hear about this roof type is that they are completely flat. After all, the name says it all, right? Wrong. Professional roofers construct each roof with a slight pitch so that it can shed water; otherwise, there would be excessive pooling.
Myth #2: Flat Roofs Cannot Support Heavy Snowfall
If flat roofs cannot handle snow, then why are they so popular? When professional roof designers, such as architects and engineers, plan out roofing, they must consider local building codes. Every structure must be strong enough to support excessive weight, including local snow loads.
Myth #3: Flat Roofs Are Susceptible to Leaks
Some people spread this tidbit of misinformation because they believe flat roofs do not have a pitch, but as we discussed above, that is not true. Although flat roofs can leak, this is not exclusive to them. In most cases, the minimum recommended pitch for these roofs is a quarter of an inch for every one foot of horizontal run. We know this sounds oddly specific, but this pitch allows proper drainage to occur.
Myth #4: Flat Roofs Cost Too Much
The cost of a roof installation depends on several factors, including materials and your roof’s surface area. However, a flat roof may cost less compared to other roof types because it requires fewer materials.
The Roof Doctor Can Help
The Roof Doctor boasts years of experience helping property owners plan and install flat roofs. Our roofers were awarded the GAF Master designation, which means we have the knowledge and experience to install a flat membrane roof the right way.
We serve the following Utah cities: Salt Lake City, Tooele, Ogden, Layton, Orem, Provo, Bountiful, and the surrounding area. Reach out to us today for a free estimate.